The word agriculture comes from the Latin ager-referring to the soil and culture-to its cultivation. The history of organic farming and civilisation go hand in hand as the food products made it possible for a primitive man to settle down in selected spots leading to the formation of society and initiation of civilisation.
Rajesh Gaidhani resigned his corporate job in an automobile company where he was working for 26 years. Leaving his career didn’t come easily to him, but his love towards farming compelled him. Many people mocked Rajesh at the time, but his family stood with him, extending their full support.
Rajesh journey towards organic farming:
In the beginning, he knew a little about farming when he quit his job. As a child, he used to visit the farm with his parents until the age of 17. But, for 33 years he entirely kept away from farming.
However, He wanted to do it traditional farming and not modern without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
Rajesh said the initial days were challenging. Because when he has gone against the regular flow, nobody supports him. He has gone through dark periods; it was difficult to convince people.
Rajesh’s way of farming :
In his 16 acre farm, Rajesh cultivates two types of crops which are conventional crops like rice, wheat and channa and medicinal crops like tulsi and vekhand.
He dedicatedly cultivation medicinal plants in the six acres. Rajesh says that medicinal plants can act as good preservatives and fertilisers and can be a remedy treat ailing farmers.
Since he does not use any pesticides, Rajesh uses the extract of Vekhand to keep pests away from his farm. When he started farming the soil fertility of my land was 0.4. After three years, in 2017, it has increased to 0.9.
On an experimental basis, Rajesh had filled four bags with 50 kg of rice, channa, dal and wheat. He powdered vekhand roots to it, and the grains remain pesticides free even after one year. He makes use of other organic fertiliser like vermicompost, vermiwash, cow urine, green manure.Rajesh says costs Rs 5-6,000 per year for one acre when using these organic fertilisers and pesticides.
Awareness Training For Farmers:
Rajesh wants farmers to follow an organic model of farming through low-cost farming techniques and gives free training sessions to farmers at different places. He encourages farmers to make use of vekhand powder as a preservative for food grains.
His main aims include cultivation and production of poison-free food for society, improving soil fertility, biodiversity at farms, low-cost farm production, the involvement of youngsters in farming, and to make farming as a business model.His advice to everyone “You can not grow anything successfully if your land has lost its fertility. Spend one or two years for improving your land’s quality. If so, you can produce superior quality of crops. Nothing will happen overnight; it will take some time.”From this article, we see the dedication and love which he wants to achieve and his techniques can be deployed by farms across the country. State governments should create awareness organic farming and give access and training to farmers to produce crops that are both profitable to them and the consumer.