Swadeshi Organic Food On The Menu

Updated: Mar 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
Indian farm scientists are busy these days drawing up strategies to chase the lucrative $36.89 billion global market for organic food. Experts feel that with the introduction of Indian concept of organic farming and promotion of its own brand image, the country will be able to carve out a substantial global market share.

At present, Indian export of organic food is negligible less than Rs 90 crore. The growing markets in US and in Europe can be targeted for exports, they said.

For the discerning, about a dozen research institutes are busy drawing plans for introducing a swadeshi concept of organic farming incorporating principles of Vedic Krishi, Homa therapy, bio-dynamic practice, Rishi Krishi, homeopathy, harnessing of cosmic energy and use of green manuring, compost, cow dung and urine, bio-fertilisers, vermi-compost, vermi-wash for ensuring soil fertility and use of bio-agents and bio-pesticides for control of pests.

It is not true that organic farming decreases crop productivity in all cases. There are crops which respond well to organic farming. For instance we tried organic farming for sugarcane cultivation and the yield increased by 25 per cent. We, therefore, have to be selective in crops for organic farming. Our priority for organic farming will be particularly for the export-oriented crops. We have at present 12 research institutes and universities working on organic agriculture, said Dr Gautum Kalloo, deputy director-general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Crops selected for organic farming for meeting the demand of premium export markets are Basmati rice, select fruits and vegetables, soyabeans, cashewnuts, species, medicinal herbs, spices, tea and coffee.

A former plant pathologist in ICRISAT Dr YL Nene says farming must be done in harmony with nature using the traditional Vedic wisdom. Currently, some practices have been highlighted as success stories like modern organic farming, natural organic farming, agnihotra (Homa therapy), bio-dynamics, natueco culture, rishi-krishi and vermitech, to name a few.

Adds international promoter of Homa therapy in farming, Vasant Paranjpe, Yajna is the science of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of fire. The words Havan and Homa are synonyms of Yajna. Homa practices replenish the nutrients robbed from our environment by pollution and corrects the chemical and molecular structures of bacteria altered due to pollution. Homa therefore harmonises the pathological and nutritive structure of plants and acts as a catalyst to plant metabolism.

Dr Paranjpe claims that this super-tech farming is practised by thousands of farmers in the Amazon region in Peru with miraculous results. All crops with short and long vegetative cycles have been documented by the agrochemical engineers in Peru. As for miracles of Homa farming, they can be accessed on the website; www.terapiahoma.com, he adds.

Dr Mohan Shankar Deshpande of Shri Samarath Agriculture Research Centre in Maharashtra says, Rishi Krishi is a turning point to agriculture science. It is based on Vedic literature and cosmic energy. The aim of Rishi Krishi technique is to keep the soil alive forever with the help of cosmic energy. About three lakh farmers are following this method and getting excellent results.

On benefits of homeopathy, Dr GSR Murthi says, homeopathic plant nutrients and plant protectors formulated after 30 years of observations and studies with over 40 scientific experimentations proved efficiency of intentions.

Explaining bio-dynamic farming, Dr BK Pathak and Dr RA Ram of Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow chip in: It is systematic and synergistically harnessing of energies from cosmos, mother earth, plants and cows. The results of bio-dynamic farming have already been scientifically evaluated.