Community agriculture practice comes for praise in UN report

Sangareddy, June 20, 2013

The practice of Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) being followed by thousands of farmers in the State has found a place in a report by the United Nations.

The report was prepared about a year back for a presentation at Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The technical workshop was on assessment of alternatives to endosulfan.

“CMSA was developed in Andhra Pradesh to address issues of low profitability in agriculture resulting from the high cost of external inputs of fertilizer and pesticides, with subsequent indebtedness, land mortgages, suicides, and decline in the area being farmed. CMSA replaces pesticides with a combination of physical and biological measures and compliments it with biological and agronomic soil fertility measures leading to reduced use of chemical fertilizers,” the report said.