We are the future generation of that land where agriculture has been as old as the Indus Valley Civilisation. We Indians take a breath in our homeland of six hundred thousand villages. We live in a society where out of 10, 6 people are farmers. We are among those luckiest people of the world who didn’t get much deviated from our culture, tradition, region, and our identity even after getting ruled by the English men for so long.
But due to many national reasons, government decisions, wrong practices, tamed actions, we are not yet able to bring prosperity in the land we live in, and to the people, we smile with. Indian agriculture is quoted as “The talented poor man” by few today. This phrase means although India has lots of potential in itself in the agricultural field, but is not supported and motivated to do good by the potential organization so all the strength is going in vain.
Going through the rough timeline of Indian agriculture, we were more than self-sufficient in producing food until the devastating World War II. After the war, there came the first huge food crisis in India due to which it became incapable of producing subsistence food. This was the phase of Marasmus, pot belly, low nutrient, Kwashiorkor, weakening of muscles, wasting, and ultimately death of the people. It was a tough time for India but did not remain for very long.
M.S. Swaminathan, the father of the Green Revolution, came up with an innovative and highly productive method of farming. In this ingenious method, high-yielding varieties of seeds, machinery for land, and chemical fertilizers for the detrimental pests were advised to use. It was around 1960 when the shape of Indian agriculture began to change in high gear. All the unproductive lands started giving high yields, profits were maximized, and the margin was increased. Farmers began to prosper with this complete package of modern technologies.
But as we know, there is a very fine line that exists between need and greed. Farmers, in greed for getting higher and higher profits, started spraying the fertilizers thrice the amount that was actually required. Since most of these fertilizers were made up of nitrogenous chemicals, they polluted the plants, soil, water, and air too. Since paddy and wheat gave higher yields, mono-cropping was seen in almost every corner of India. The graph took the reverse turn, in the same manner, it took an upsurge. There grew a prime need for something that could be effective, productive, sustainable, eco-friendly, and adaptable at the same time. India had to satisfy the world’s second-largest population’s tummy, but without depleting the natural resources available.
The government, along with many big organizations came up with multiple safe solutions and various schemes, but very few of them reached the needy farmers at the ground level. IFFCO, Indian Farmers and Fertilizer Cooperative established in 1967 and dealing with inorganic fertilizers, came up with an innovative solution of organic formulations recently. They took forward the concept of using earthworms in the field with the process of vermicomposting. To further disseminate their voice, they established IFFCO Kisan, their telecommunication channel to reach out to each and every farmer of India.
Citing a few of the efforts of this Cooperative, they regularly update their platform on how to take care of their animals by just changing the daily cleaning and milking practices. They explained the use of pheromone traps and distributed them for free in various villages for plant protection from pests. For that, they organized a training program and addressed 160-170 farmer’s altogether, and tried to solve their pest problems. To decrease mono-cropping in the potential states, and forecasting the high demand of Hing in India, IFFCO Kisan introduced the benefits of cultivation of Hing (Asafoetida) to the farmers. This would help not only the farmers but also the nation. Recently they introduced an organic formulation, Green Diet to the farmers which acts as instant nutrition for plants. It is an organic formulation made up of neem leaves and twigs, proteinaceous seaweeds, etc. Looking at the already depleted soil of India, they introduced Magic Soil, a sustainable approach to nourish and bring life to the soil.
They also update the specific information on their sites regarding the feed and sanitation of poultry farms, livestock, and other integrated farming approaches. It can always be counted as their CSR activity which is for the benefits of the farmers. There are hundreds of thousands of people working under this organization who are readily available for providing expert advice on the general or specific problems of their farms.
It certainly takes lots of effort to actually reach out to people, talk to them in their dialect, make them trust themselves, and finally help them in every way possible. But as one says, where there is a will, there is a way. And it has always been proven by IFFCO from time to time, because, IFFCO stands with those, who work in acres.
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