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An initiation into organic agriculture

Miguel Braganza

Organic agriculture is all the buzz these days. Everyone is talking about it but very few know what it really means, in words and in practice. An attempt to change that on a large scale was attempted on January 26, 2019. Ten curators, some of us backed by co-curators, attempted to give 20 to 30 persons of different ages from across Goa, a feel of organic agriculture to determine what exactly lands on our plate and how it is produced.

Few of us know that there are dangerous pesticides and insecticides in the food we eat which are slowly killing us. But this does not have to be the case. The exercise on Republic Day was to explore these options.

Chaitanya Malik took the participants around his dairy farm in Pernem while Cedric Gomes took another set of participants to a shrimp and sea bass fish farm in Colvale and to see the aquaponics of Peter Singh in Dona Paula. Siddharth Naik treated the participants to hydroponics at Letcetra of Ajai Naik in Valpoi. Ashweta Khambal and I helped the participants learn hands-on how to prepare the field, sow seeds, pot plants and control various insect pests using organic formulations before taking them to a vegetable plot to see how onions, sweet potatoes, watermelons, French beans, clusterbeans, cowpea, knoll-kohl, radish, red and green amaranth, brinjals, tomatoes and chillies are grown. The participants also operated the ancient irrigation system known as the ‘latt’. Darryl De Souza helped the participants to understand the organic practices and how they impact our health.

Sachin Tendulkar showed another group how to plant coconut seedlings and take care of a kulaghar while Gauri Prabhudesai took another group to Atmaram Borcar’s farm to see a dairy and horticulture combo farm. Still others visited Laban D’Souza’s composite farm at Kirbhat-Nuvem with goats, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables with Vishram Gaonkar on hand to answer their queries. Camrabhat is the playground of Vishal Rawley for all-round development. Along with Tallulah D’Silva and Xavier Almeida, he gave the participants a feel of peri-urban farming and ecology. Felly Gomes combined with Peter Fernandes to expose participants to permaculture and also traditional farming in his own inimitable way. Two persons from each group shared their experiences at a plenary session. We now have to see how many of these newbies turn into believers.

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