Friday, August 19, 2011

Back -to-nature farming enhancing eco lifestyle farm by SEVAI self help Group women

SEVAI Self Help Group women in organic paddy transplantation
It is uniquely women Self Help group organic farming, a back -to-nature farming enhancing eco lifestyle farm, with life enrichment programmes; striving to promote biodiversity in ecological organic agriculture and farming. Marutham Self Help women Group, a SEVAI/PVF promoted organic farming unit is a fully integrated organic agro eco farm with pollution free river water irrigating the farmland River Cauvery at Trichy region. SEVAI/PVF promoted Marutham organic project strives to cultivate and produce genuine, best quality organic rice, vegetables, fruits and herbs at farmers farm, ensuring that they are available at prudent and affordable prices; to  create, expand and propagate the existing organic farm produce market; to  reduce marketing and packaging cost through 'direct from farm to consumer marketing' system; and to  enable the organic farm to achieve an economy of scale so that it can operate in perspective towards sustainable eco system that is economically and financially viable. Bio-fertilizers have been applied for cultivation of Rice.Biofertilizers are used  as preparations containing living cells or latent cells of efficient strains of microorganisms that help crop plants’ uptake of nutrients by their interactions in the rhizosphere when applied through seed or soil.  They accelerate certain microbial processes in the soil which augment the extent of availability of nutrients in a form easily assimilated by plants. Very often microorganisms are not as efficient in natural surroundings as one would expect them to be and therefore artificially multiplied cultures of efficient selected microorganisms play a vital role in accelerating the microbial processes in soil. Use of biofertilizers is one of the important components of integrated nutrient management of Marutham project, as they are cost effective and renewable source of plant nutrients to supplement the chemical fertilizers for sustainable agriculture. Several microorganisms and their association with crop plants are being exploited in the production of biofertilizers. They are grouped in different ways based on their nature and function in Marutham project. Govin

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