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VIA LEW organizes Three days Workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Organic Nursery & Farming’

Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing of Vidarbha Industries Association is celebrating Earth Day by conducting / taking a three days Workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Organic Nursery & Farming’ on 22nd, 23rd & 25th April 2019 at VIA Auditorium, Nagpur.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr R B Goenka, Director – MSEDCL Holding Company and Chairman of VIA Energy Forum. In the inaugural speech he informed the participant about organic farming and eco-tourism developed in his farm house.

He advised farmers to focus first on land development, drip irrigation and generate alternate water sources, water harvesting, we have to use rain water harvesting technology and also create ponds/reservoir for collection of water. He said we should also focused on minimal dependency of labour because they are getting lesser and costly, we have to mechanize the farming. He further added 100% organic farming is not possible, we have to use non harmful chemicals residue for yielding good crop. We have to focus on value addition to your agri products, we have to educate farmers to value to their products for long term survival like Toor, Dal, lemon, tomato, etc. He said as the concrete jungle is developing so fast and it kills the greenery of our city and also polluting environment, we should plant trees and save our environment. He also appreciated the team VIA LEW team for organising such meaningful workshop.

All the participants had excellent learning during these three days of workshop. We had very eminent speakers throughout these three days and they covered various topics i.e. on 22nd April :  Mr Anant Bhoyar, as a farmer from Kalmeshwar, who got this year Rastrapati Puraskar of Rs.5 Lacs for his excellent work on organic farming conducted Session on “Organic Farming & Value Addition. He said it is very necessary for a farmers to make his products value added to earn more profits. He said when we starts using chemicals, biodiversity affects and our ecosystems destroys and slowly our land gets non fertile. He designed a low cost, space efficient, solar drier from bamboo, polythene or UV sheet and netting.

Mr Hemant Chauhan, former Dept of Agriculture conducted session on Marketing of Organic Produce and he advised farmers should directly approach customers rather dealing with mediator. He further insisted to pursue ‘Subhash Palekars’ way of natural farming. He also explained in details about marketing statistics of organic produce.

Mr Laxmikant Padole, Director, NRTDC-Gondkhairy, Nagpur conducted session on PGS & Organic Certification Scheme. He explained about systems of PGS and third party certification. He also explained training programs on organic farming and opportunities available in companies.

Second day on 23rd April : Dr Lal Singh, Scientist, Ecosystem Division, NEERI, Nagpur conducted Session on “Ecological Rejuvenation Technology”, he told about the technology, which is used in contaminated, degraded polluted areas. He cited examples of degraded areas like Khapri, Gumgaon and many more, by using clonal technologies.

Mr Om Jajodia, Proprietor, Krishi Kranti Kendra, Nagpur conducted session on “Cultivating Nursery as a Business” explained the importance of organic farming. He also informed about opportunities in the organic farming and our weak points in the marketing of produce. He insisted participants to opt for old, traditional technologies. He said now-a-days nursery is the best option, we can develop yield and quality by investing less in nursery. By adopting convention system, we produce quality and more plants by keeping catalizer as a nursery system.

Dr Vachaspati Pande, Sr Scientist RCOF, Nagpur conducted Session on Skill Development in Organic Farming & Certificate Courses available. He explained the participants that organic farming is a system. There is a difference between organic farming and organic certification. He said vermin composting would give a better comport as the worms will bring more micro-organism diversity and vermin compost will contain more growth. Traditional compost apparently contains more mineral nutrient. He gave example of ‘My Green Mart’ of Vasant Kalbande. In Vidarbha region value addition is necessity, for that do organic farming and processing. He informed about organic entrepreneurship avenues i.e. vegetable cultivation, green food marts and cafeteria, etc.

Ms Rupinder Nanda conducted session on Organic Community Farming. She highlighted benefits of community farming, while brining communities together, create greenspace and need for poison free food.

On concluding day, 25th April : Ms Monali Malviya, Sr Manager – Canara Bank gave presentation on Banks Schemes for Farmers & Prospective Agri Entrepreneurs; Success Stories of Successful Organic Farmers by Ms Ashwini Aurangabadkar & Ms Kirti Mangrulkar and participants also shared their experience after the workshop.

Dr Suhas Buddhe, Hon. Secretary – VIA made presentation on organic scenario in India.

Project Coordinator, Ms Shachi Mallick said this era is of rainbow movement in which India progressing on each and every area such as education, infrastructure, technology and we have more young population so all must understand the scenario and try to show their talents in various fields i.e. organic cultivation and value added products. This is the time when entrepreneurs should come up with different organic healthy products.

Earlier, Ms Reeta Lanjewar, Chairperson of LEW in her welcome address said on the occasion of “Vasundhara Din” means World Earth Day is being celebrated every year on 22nd April and to mark this day, VIA LEW had organised three days workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Organic Nursery & Farming.’ She also informed about the objective of organising this workshop is to create awareness about organic farming and nursery by using natural methods of farming and also using natural methods to maintain the fertility and productivity of the soil.

Prof Ashit Sinha, Mentor of Agro & Rural Development Forum summed up the event and said traditional farming practices never dies and experiences of ‘Organic Farmers’ shared by Ashwini Aurangabadkar and Kirti Mangrulkar, they both have adopted simple living style at their farms by avoiding modern technologies, he further added that their simplicity will never be an out of fashion.

Ms Shachi Mallick was the Project Coordinator of the event. Ms Manisha Bawankar, Secretary of LEW formally proposed a vote of thanks. Prominently present in the workshop were Madhubala Singh, Y Ramani, Anjali Gupta, Vandana Sharma, Poonam Lala, Minal Khedkar and Yogita Deshmukh, Nilima Bawane, Director of The Dharampeth Mahila Multi State Co-operative Society Ltd.

Workshop was largely attended by farmers, LEW members, lady entrepreneurs, working women, startups and all those who are interested in agri business.

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