From farmland to school textbooks, Natabar Sarangi sows seeds of success

May 25, 2016 0 Comments

Cuttack, May 18: Organic farming techniques of Natabar Sarangi, a noted farmer and seed collector of the district, have found place in Class IX curriculum of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Natabar’s techniques have been taken as an example in ‘Indian Agriculture’ subject of Social Studies books of the two States where students are now studying how to grow high-yielding indigenous varieties of paddy without using chemical fertilizers and pesticide.

Natabar, an octogenarian, is a resident of Narisho village in Niali. A retired school teacher, Natabar has been practising organic farming for more than a decade and has been able to conserve more than 400 varieties of indigenous paddy seeds which are now on the verge of extinction.