Hyderabad: Telangana’s Enabavi village can show the way to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
You have to look keenly to figure out that the stone board leading into Enabavi village once proudly declared ‘chemical-free village’. That was 13 years ago, when all 52 families in the village shifted to natural farming, without using pesticides or chemicals. And this village, about 85 km from Hyderabad, got the tag of Telangana’s first organic village.
This after having earlier witnessed what so called technological revolutions in terms of fertilisers and chemicals, and even seeds, did to farmers. The Warangal region, that shifted in a big way to a commercial crop like cotton, witnessed the highest number of farmer suicides, accidental deaths due to pesticide exposure, agricultural indebtedness and distress due to the vagaries of weather and markets.