India’s “Green Revolution” is a complex history. Agricultural mechanization and newly designed seed varieties led to a dramatic increase in food production, but this remarkable transformation led to intense soil degradation and pesticide contamination, a legacy that continues to affect Indian farmers to this day. Through instruction in methods of organic farming and technological advancement, Bolpur Manab Jamin’s signature Sustainable Agriculture Program provides farmers with the tools they need for high crop yields in India’s new agricultural environment.
Bolpur Manab Jamin understands that farmers seek greater economic sustainability through enterprise diversification. However, many organic enterprises realize low marketable yields relative to their efforts and diversification has not always translated into higher profits or greater economic sustainability. As more and more organic growers enter the marketplace, it is likely that premiums will stabilize at modest levels and may vanish for some crops. Organic producers need to look well ahead and be aware of shifting trends.
To complement enterprise diversification, we offer a variety of tools and practices, including but not limited to crop rotation, manuring, and seed variety selection, long recognized as important to a sound production system. In addition, we make every effort to provide advice as dynamic as India’s agricultural climate through updated research and intelligence.
Bolpur Manab Jamin’s work includes various innovations in the agricultural process such as “no tillage”, relay and mixed cropping as well as the addition of horticulture, medicinal gardens, kitchen gardening and organic agriculture to the agricultural cycle. It also works closely with Farmers Groups, Farmers Clubs, SHGs and village-level institutions to make their activities as relevant and easily comprehensible, using the farmer’s own field as the “Farmers Field School”.
See: Mixed Cropping