Future belongs to organic tobacco

As one motored down the Mangamoor Road, farms in the traditional tobacco growing area in Prakasam district showed signs of severe moisture stress as the drought-prone area did not receive sufficient rain this year as well.

But the one farm that looked healthy was that of a progressive farmer, V.V. Prasad, who had taken to cow-based natural farming to protect soil health, cut costs on farm inputs and get highest rate for his produce.

So is the farm of P. Krishnaiah, who revived the traditional practice of preparing decoction from locally available leaves, that included neem and crown flower, for plant protection.

His farm also exhibited less moisture stress when compared to other farms grown by using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.