Organic farming turns fate of barren land

Located adjacent to a patch of rocky terrain at Kummarigudem of Kazipet mandal under the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) limits, the four-and-a-half acre of land was considered to be barren land till the last four years ago.

By   |   Published: 26th Dec 2016   1:03 am Updated: 26th Dec 2016   1:16 am
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Shouri Reddy showing star fruit at his farm to visitor at Kummarigudem.

Warangal Urban: Located adjacent to a patch of rocky terrain at Kummarigudem of Kazipet mandal under the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) limits, the four-and-a-half acre of land was considered to be barren land till the last four years ago.

But the same land has eventually turned into a model farm for organic farming and it also boasts of having 58 varieties of fruit-bearing trees/plants and some more varieties of vegetables.

The man behind this endeavour is S Shouri Reddy, executive director of Bala Vikasa, a non-profit organisation, based at Kazipet.

“Being the organiser of an NGO, which is striving for the rural development, I wanted to promote organic farming for the sustainable agriculture. But the questioning looks of the farmers, when I tried to convince them to go for organic farming, have forced me to take up this method of farming at my land and prove that the this would help the farmers to reduce not only input cost, but also gain profits,” he explained.

Shouri Reddy said he had also cultivated paddy at his field in the organic method and got a good yield. “Due to water scarcity, I could not take up the paddy this year. But I have sown groundnut and green gram this time,” he added.

There are 16 varieties of mangoes, four types of guava, three types of Sapota, three varieties of cherry and many more exotic fruit-bearing plants. We can also find coffee, star fruit, litchi, miracle fruit, Indian fig, passion fruit, dragon fruit, grape fruit etc., at the farm.

Saying that the farm is named after his daughter Spoorthi, Shouri Reddy said it should inspire and encourage people to take up the organic farming, adding that his farm was being visited by many.

“I am planning to increase the number of the fruit plants to 100,” Shouri Reddy said, adding that Bala Vikasa was maintaining seven demo organic farms in the erstwhile Warangal district.

“More than 650 farmers from 22 villages are into organic farming in the erstwhile Warangal district. We are trying to organise ‘organic farmers mela’ in Hyderabad and Warangal to sell the farm produce,” he said, adding that people from far off places in India and abroad, who are known to him or associated with Bala Vikasa, have visited his farm. “Some people from Australia recently visited the farm,” he said.