The Department of Botany, Kongunadu Arts and Science College (KASC), Coimbatore organized an One day workshop on ‘Farming Practices with Environmental Security’ which was held at Navaneetha Krishnan Farms, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore on 21.02.2018. Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Coimbatore Chapter sponsored the programme.
In the inaugural session, Dr. S. Jamuna, Organizing Secretary of the workshop and Assistant Professor of Botany, KASC welcomed the gathering and highlighting the importance of farming in India. Mr. T. Navaneetha Krishnan, Agriculture and Information Systems, Poothottam, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore delivered the special lecture on “Farming practices with environmental security” and gave hands-on training on the preparation of ‘Organic biofertilizers’ for the farmers. In his lecture, he told that the basic principles and importance of organic farming practices and their alternative names like zero budget farming, ecofriendly farming, biodynamic farming, do nothing farming, sustainable farming, etc. He pointed out that the farmers should have the knowledge about the agricultural pest control, water management, environmental forces, economical forces and value added products by ecologically sound organic farming. He also emphasized need of usage of day calendar for better crop production and demonstrated the preparation of organic fertilizers like CPP (Cow Pat Pit), CPP500 to CPP508 to the farmers.
Later, Mr. K. Krishnamoorthy of Pannimadai village who is practicing organic farming since a decade in his 10 acres land for paddy cultivation shared his experience in natural farming adoptions.
About 40 farmers attended the meeting and deliberations of the workshop are most useful for farmers. The meeting was concluded at 4.30pm with the vote of thanks proposed by the Dr. K. Karthika, the another Organising Secretary of the programme and Assistant Professor of Botany, KASC.