When organic farming mainstreams persons with disabilities

By Manu Moudgil

A thatched cattle shed marks Omchand Mahatules farm which lies on the approach road to Nayagaon village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. The 50-year-old comes running from the well clutching lemon grass from which he makes a splendid black tea. Starting off with invectives for his neighbours, the athletic farmer gives a lowdown on the recent tragedies. Yesterday, somebody stole the bottle gourd which was almost 4 feet long. It would have grown further if the greedy people had not taken it off, he informs shouting more insults towards neighbours. This was the recent incident of theft.

Mahatule feels its his success which is making others jealous.

From soyabean, groundnut to pulses and all sorts of vegetables, Mahatules field brims with diversity. But all this would not have been possible without his son Rajeshs commitment to the cause. Though he has no sensation in his body from waist down, the 20 something boy pedals down to the fields on a wheelchair every day to monitor the work. With a masters degree in sciences, he has a keen eye for natures work..