Tribal women of Odisha have made farming organic, profitable & life-changing

Nirmala Barla (40), a passionate farmer of Sundargarh districts Brahmanamara village, is a proud woman because she feeds her family with a variety of safely grown food, and not just cereals grown by using lots of chemical fertilisers that are available in the market. In her 14 acres of land, both upland and relatively plain, she grows rice, millet and vegetables without using any inorganic fertilisers. After meeting consumption needs of the family, she is also able to earn a bit by selling the surplus farm produce.

Though keeping account of income and expenditure has never been the practice in her community, she has recently bought a power tiller and managed to meet all expenses of her elder daughters marriage without seeking a loan. Her present family of six members, after the marriage of a daughter, makes a good living out of organic farming alone.