Online Training on Organic Farming held


Organic farming is a system that favours the maximum use of organic materials and microbial fertilizers to improve the soil health and to increase crop yield. This system relies on green manure, biological pest control, organic pesticide. India, a land which marks the history of Organic Framing. Nature is the best model for farming and organic farming is entirely based on the understanding of nature's way. The soil's living population of microbes and other organisms are significant contributors to its fertility on a sustained basis and must be protected and nurtured. FAO states that “Organic agriculture is a unique production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity, and this is accomplished by using on-farm agronomic, biological and mechanical methods in exclusion of all synthetic off-farm inputs”. Grow bags are suitable options to grow vegetables in limited space. In this case organic wastes and other biological materials produces at household levels, along with beneficial microbes can be applied to release nutrients.
An online session was conducted by Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES) on Organic Farming using growbags. The session was all about organic farming using growbags with limited space as well as other available conditions, management measures, potting mix, preparation of grow bag, purpose of grow bag farming, need of secure food, seasons for vegetable farming, organic fertilizers and it's preparation, irrigation forms, benefits of lime, daily routine for farming, etc, along with demonstration on, grow bag filling, cow dung slurry, fish amino acid, lime application, etc . Session was led by John Sherry, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Farm Information Bureau (FIB), Dr. Punnen Kurian, Secretary TIES, and assisted by Ms. Roshni Susan Elias and Ms. Omana . The session was attended by 22 people.