INDIA: Every natural action is now nearly based on chemical exposure as per modern-day norms. The agriculture industry of India has to face this issue as well. India is a land of farmers, with most farming activities nowadays involving pesticides and other toxins. To reduce the ill effects of chemical fertilizers in the farming sector, Tumsar Farmer Producer Company has been a game changer.
Director of Tumsar Farmer Producer Company, Rakesh Singhade is currently helping the company to pursue its organic farming mission. Singhade has guided many farmers to create homemade pesticides using cow urine. He holds a post-graduate degree in Economics and is from Tumsar. His father is a farmer, resultantly he has a thorough understanding of the industry. Additionally, he also works as a personal assistant to MP Sunil Mendhe.
The company’s initiatives
The company has taken an active role in the expansion of interest in organic farming, intending to produce poison-free food to prevent detrimental effects on agricultural land, as well as negative health consequences from chemical fertilizers.
On October 26, 2018, Pawan Katankar, a young farmer from Sindhpuri, originally established Tumsar Framer Producer Company. Since then, the firm has set the goal of effort to minimize the cost of farming for the district’s farmers to promote organic farming, which involves both detoxification and profit for the farmers.
The venture’s motto is a clean slate, which includes:
- To assist farmers in transitioning to organic farming.
- To educate farmers about the benefits of vermicompost, vermiwash, and dashaparni extract.
- Persuading farmers to use vermicompost instead of chemical fertilizers because of the negative impacts of chemical fertilizers on human life.
- Visiting a farmer’s field and carrying out the demonstration
The company has creative initiatives in the agricultural sector. Ports and pigs were a significant nuisance in Sihora’s villages and farmlands, and their increasing numbers made farming a difficult task. The farm’s produce was heavily harmed by ports and pigs, implying significant damage to the district’s agricultural economy.
On January 27, 2019, Tumsar Framer Producer Co. completed a port and pig run excursion from 15 villages.
Under the direction of the Department of Agriculture, many farmers in the district began producing paddy in a modern manner. The planting equipment was installed on 200 acres to double the farmers’ revenue. They were led in farming by the machinery support, which reduced the farmer’s cost per acre. The paddy nursery that had been set up in the field on a tray had proven ready for cultivation and had become a point of interest.
The reoccurring problem necessitates resonant solutions, which Tumsar Farmer Producer Co strongly believes throughout. The organization used a unique way to sow paddy with the help of sowing machinery. The cost per acre is expected to be cut in half in the future due to the usage of sowing machinery.
The company also took the initiative to buy 50 paise per kg of cow dung from farmers and provide them with biogas, vermicompost, and worms on a subsidized basis. The significant result was used as a benchmark in the agricultural industry.
During the pandemic, Tumsar Farmer Producer Company led the charge for organic farming. The corporation had given away free Azolla, an algal variety plant, as green manure to farmers throughout the Bhandara district, which was extremely beneficial for paddy growth. Azola improves soil texture, which in turn increases agricultural production.
Pawan Katankar, President of Tumsar Farmer Producer Company, addressed the farmers, suggesting that to be prosperous in the future, farmers must switch to organic farming. As a result, he pushed organic farming by providing free Azolla to the district’s farmers. Aside from that, the firm aided in the manufacture of vermicompost for organic farming.