Kathmandu, February 22, 2016:Â Eco-friendly and wholesome, sustainable and aids to national economy, organic farming is all about that and it is thriving globally and has been lately gaining popularity in Nepal. From coffee, tea to seasonal fruits and vegetables, farmers have opted the organic way to grow their crops. Using organic products is all the rage right now around the world.Â And why wouldnâ€™t it be? Cultivating organically benefits the environment and human health and the taste of the produce the most.
Basically organic farming is a method of agriculture that bears in mind the sustainability and productivity of the ecosystem by using biological techniques like crop rotation, natural fertilizers and composts and animal friendly ways. Organic products are free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms and artificial additives. Given that, it is whole lot healthier and responsible towards the environment and society than the conventional way of farming.
Weâ€™ve been learning since kindergarten that Nepalâ€™s 70% population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. And what we have come to know is that the majority of that population faces measly results for all their hard labour. However those who have received better results and their produces have flourished in the market, swear by organic farming. Some have even left their old careers behind and turned to organic farming for more competent profession and be well off.
Although we cannot avoid the matter of organic farming being more costly, time consuming and labour intensive, but once it is established, it can contribute to agricultural development and overall national economy all the while advancing the eco-system and general health of the public. And in the long run, it will be more cost effective than traditional farming. Even a lot of non-farmers have adopted this method and have started roof top organic farming of seasonal fruits, vegetables and some even mushrooms in their own houses. Last year the Kathmandu Metropolitan City office provided roof top organic farming training to over 100 households. A few non-governmental organizations have been promoting and campaigning about organic farming for years now and have even collaborated with a few government officials. Besides its health benefits, environmentalists believe that this farming will help to make a healthy city as solid waste management, which is a major problem of the city could be controlled to maximum.
Slowly and steadily, organic farming has been establishing itself into the country. Its sustainable, eco-friendly, conserves water, improves economy and is free from anything artificial and unhealthy. It has better prospect in time to come. And arenâ€™t we glad that we have found better and local alternatives to foreign brand of average instant coffees and those imported fruits that taste like nothing?
Article: Ankita Joshi
Photo: Srijan Baral, Â view from Tokha organic farm