Presentations and papers from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques" organised by the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) at Bangalore (2009)

The SAC conference was targeted at organic farmers, agricultural scientists interested in or working on organic farming and NGOs/CSOs involved in a sustainable agriculture outreach programmes.

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A comprehensive set of presentations and papers from the "South Asia Conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques" held at Bangalore, Karnataka on 10 and 11 September 2009, and organised by the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI), National Center of Organic Farming (NCOF) and the Third World Network, Malaysia, covering various aspects of organic, natural and sustainable agriculture, is now available on the India Water Portal.

The conference was designed as a knowledge-sharing exercise between outstanding organic farming practitioners from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan.

The content from the conference has been organized into five broad themes, with each theme comprising a summary set of presentations/papers.

Access each set of presentations by clicking on the sub-headings below:

  • Introduction to organic, natural, sustainable agriculture
    1. Organic farming can feed the world - Presentation by Claude Alvares - OFAI Goa
    2. Biodiversity for sustainable and self-reliant farming - Presentation by V Ravi - TNFTA Erode
    3. Our bio-diverse farming - Millets and mixed cropping - Presentation by Sammamma - DDS Medak
    4. Growing food on a severely eroded land - Presentation by Deepika - Auroville
    5. Revival and reconstruction of saline lands by sustainable agriculture techniques - Presentation by Revathi - TNOFM
    6. A visit to Subhash Sharma's organic farm at Yeotmal - Presentation by Sultan Ismail - ERF Chennai
    7. Economics of agriculture under natural farming - Research paper by Subhash Sharma - Yeotmal
    8. Organic farming through green-culture - Weeds and mulching - Presentation by BN Nandish - Shimoga
    9. Innovative package of practices for paddy - Presentation by Pradeep Nikam
  • Promoting plant health and a living soil in organic, natural, sustainable agriculture
    1. Healthy fields - Managing plant health - Presentation by SR Sundaraman - TNFTA Erode
    2. Natueco farming - How to make fertile nursery soil - Amrut Mitti - Research paper by Deepak Suchde - Dewas
    3. Living soil and soil fauna - Presentation by Sultan Ismail - ERF Chennai
    4. Analysis of liquid manures and their use - Presentation by ND Kumar - UAS Bangalore
    5. Panchagavya - Presentation by Dr K Natarajan - RCAC Erode
    6. Earthworms for organic farmers - Research paper by Sultan Ismail - ERF Chennai
    7. Role of termites in organic farming - Presentation by Pachegaonkar
  • Pest and disease management in organic, natural, sustainable agriculture
    1. Crop production and plant protection in organic farming - Research paper by SR Sundararaman - TNFTA Erode
    2. Techniques in application of herbal pest repellents - Presentation by Salma Jafarali - Agrihelp Palakkad
    3. Managing insects - Presentation by John Joseph - TUTNK Erode
    4. Enhancing plant defense mechanisms for disease management - Research paper by Sujata Goel - Mojo plantation Kodagu
    5. Enhancing plant defense mechanisms for disease management - Presentation by Sujata Goel - Mojo plantation Kodagu
    6. Pest and disease management in cotton - Presentation by Alka Najan - IIRD Aurangabad
  • Conserving seeds (production, collection, storage) in organic, natural, sustainable agriculture
    1. Sowing seeds of consciousness - Presentation by Sangita - Annadana
    2. Collection and storage of seeds - Presentation by Alka Najan - IIRD Aurangabad
    3. Our methods of seed saving - Community seed banks - Presentation by Laxmamma - DDS Medak
    4. Small scale seed production for small farmers and home gardeners - Research paper by Deepika - Auroville
    5. Small scale seed production for small farmers and home gardeners - Presentation by Deepika - Auroville
    6. Farm scale organic seed production - Presentation - George Antony - OFAI Kottayam
    7. Organic production of open pollinated seeds and seed extraction - Presentation by Sangita - Annadana
  • Bioremediation ensures clean water - Analog forestry and organic farming

The endeavor has been to bring together perspectives and practices related to various issues in organic farming and to highlight its potential in semi-arid, dry-land regions in particular and India in general.

We are grateful to the OFAI for sharing this content with us for wider dissemination, and permitting us to place it in the public domain. Please acknowledge the original source (OFAI) as well the individual authors while using this content in any form or medium.

 

For more information about this event or this content, please contact:

Claude Alvares / Miguel Braganza

Organic Farming Association of India

Email: myofai@gmail.com, ofaigoa@gmail.com

Phone: +91-832-2255913; Fax: +91-832-2263305

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