It was a March evening when a youthful couple in a town of Tamil Nadu was occupied with stroking plants at its homestead. The word which rings a bell in the wake of seeing their homestead is ‘wilderness’. When we met the couple, my first inquiry to them was, “What are you doing here in the midst of these plants when the whole nation is scared and inside as a result of the pandemic?”
A grinning youthful courteous fellow answer, “These plants are our annadata [food provider] and this field is our food crate – 100% unadulterated and normal. We are worried about the infection yet this whole field is our life and our wellspring of endless harmony.”
Harivartha Prajeeth, a postgraduate in Electronic Media from Pondicherry University and a generously compensated ex-worker of a global organization, chosen to get back to his town for cultivating. Afterward, his significant other Dr Mangayarkarasay Leela, a MBBS, otherwise called Dr Manga, went along with him. “It was a thoroughly examined and insightful choice. Being on top of nature and making the world mindful about normal food, regular cultivating, and sound living is generally fulfilling,” says Dr Manga.
The art of ‘do nothing’ farming
A few has been following ‘regular cultivating’ rehearses since 2017. Their 3-section of land ranch in the local town of Dr Manga, Ramanathpurama, in the Villupuram area of Tamil Nadu, has been their ‘karmabhumi’ [place of work]. Following Fukuoka’s technique for regular cultivating and permaculture, the couple neither furrow nor utilize any compost or pesticide in their ranch. They utilize the transmission technique for cultivating without following a particular examples and accept that any place the seeds fall, they cut their direction and develop normally. They discover native assortments simpler to develop and oversee. Seed saving of conventional assortments has been the significant target and movement of their cultivating. “At the point when I originally assumed control over this land parcel, I planted watermelons. It is said that reaped watermelon seeds are weak. In this way, we left a couple of gathered watermelons in the field for the wild pigs. The wild pigs ate the leafy foods their droppings in the our own and the encompassing fields. One year from now, we discovered watermelon plants developing in various fields. Ranchers of the encompassing region were astonished to see this,” says Prajeeth.
They develop green gram, dark gram, groundnut, millets, roselle, jackfruit, banana, coconut, guava, and vegetables. Their guava gather is extremely mainstream among local people in light of its taste. They collect around 40 kg of guava each substitute day during the season. “In April, notwithstanding guava, we sold coconut, pumpkin, jackfruits, and bananas for Rs 20,000. In general, we make Rs 40,000 to Rs 45,000 every month from cultivating,” illuminates Prajeeth.
Their ‘do nothing cultivating’ has opened little except for reasonable freedoms for organizations as well. They plan ‘straight from-ranch’ bushels of hand crafted groundnut balls, ragi balls, roselle jam, occasional products of the soil, tea packs, and different spices.
These bins are sold at a cost going from Rs 300 to Rs 500 for every container, contingent upon the items and the season to the clients through their accomplice associations. Their straight from-ranch containers have entered homes in Chennai and Pondicherry. “The flavor of our items is normal, and the timeframe of realistic usability is additionally more than that from synthetic utilizing ranches,” Dr Manga says.
As an ever increasing number of individuals need to dive more deeply into their model they have begun preparing youth in their cultivating rehearses. Their field-based meetings are very much joined in and make a great deal of interest. Presently, even ranchers of encompassing locale have begun visiting their homesteads. Till date, in excess of 500 youth have gone through their preparation.
While the model looks intriguing and reasonable, the inquiry remains — would it be able to be increased for business purposes? “As persistence and confidence in nature and regular items are rare and business cultivating requests more from less, it has not become as mainstream as we trusted. However there are not many who have gone along with us till date, we are certain if ranchers and families begin rehearsing on more limited sizes, they will track down it’s great. In any case, indeed, as far as we might be concerned, ‘do nothing cultivating’ is a specialty of living and not a method of cultivating,” says Dr Manga prior to closing down.