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Vedic farming practise for mangoes a hit

Vedic farming practise for mangoes a hit

Author: IANS
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: July 6, 2008
URL: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article&sectid=3&contentid=200807062008070602044257671897b77

Introduction: Farmer says homa-farming as mentioned in the Rig veda is paying him rich dividends

Four years ago, when a Lucknow-based horticulture institute floated the idea of homa-farming, cultivators in the mango belt of Kakori and Malihabad adopted it in droves.

While most of them gave it up to return to agro-chemicals, one odd man stuck it out - practising this ancient Indian farming technique based on the Vedas.

Today Ramesh Chandra Tiwari, a farmer in Unnao district, is reaping the benefits and is thankful to the Central Horticulture Sub-tropical Research Institute (CHSRI) for giving him the idea. The yield has kept increasing year after year on his 12-bigha mango orchard and there are none of the usual pests to be found near the trees.

"The method is an age-old phenomenon invented in India and is described in detail in the Rig Veda," said Tiwari. "Besides farmers from neighbouring areas, I have also imparted the training to people from Austria, Australia, Turkey, United States, Spain and other countries," he added.

The term 'homa' is derived from the ancient Hindu practice of performing 'yajna' or 'havan'- by lighting a ritual fire and putting various things in it amid the chanting of Vedic mantras. Homa farming, Tiwari said, is a mix of performing havans and administering organic fertiliser to the crop. Said Tiwari: "My initial investment was high but now my costs are meagre and my profit is increasing every year." Last month he organised a fair and invited farmers and scientists from around the globe.

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