Organic Farming Revives Saline Fields In TN
A holistic method of organic farming has reversed the harm reached to Nemmeli village due to high-intensity, high-inputs agriculture. It has also helped in pushing back soil salinity
The coconut trees on the fringes of clean green pond sway in the cool wind. The silence is broken by the noisy ducks that wade around in the water. Right above the pond is a small hut where hens peep out.
R Thilakar, a farmer who owns the land in Nemmeli village of Sirkazhi taluk in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, has been practising integrated organic farming for eight years. Green revolution poisoned our farm, he says, We lost our paddy, and the soil lost its richness too.
It was then that Thilakar and a few other farmers approached Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS), which has been promoting organic farming for 17 years. Thilakar became a member of Sirkazhi Organic Farmers Association (SOFA) later.