MEET TARU FARMERS
Paving the way to the future
- Niphad, Maharashtra
Aaji is a 70-year-old small-scale woman farmer with 8 acres of land. Her cozy lovely home is a large hut made with handmade mud bricks and a tin roof. They have a typical rural way of life and their land, several acres of it, has the richest soil in Niphad. Their farm has probably never seen any urea, chemical pesticides or fertilizers. They have a sturdy Indian indigenous cow ‘Gir’, a good Indian breed. The milk of Gir cow is absolutely delicious. It is also the same milk rich in A2 Vitamin.
Each time I go for field work, I have the privilege of learning through the age-old wisdom of farmers practicing natural farming.
- Mandhar Village, Purandar Taluka
Tushar Dada hails from Purandar taluka. He works with 250 Organic farmers in the region and comes every week to Mumbai with fresh farm produce for the Chembur Farmers Market. TARU sources all kinds of pulses from this farmer group.
We have hand held natural farming courses at village level and PGS organic certification. TARU Naturals is also handholding the farmers group to form a Farmer Producer Company in the ensuing six months which will set up village level processing centres and collection units , to aggregate farm produce and there by create a market for certified organic farm produce.
Dr. Sashikant Salunkhe
- Satara, Maharashtra, Turmeric Farmer
Dr. Salunkhe has been a small-scale organic farmer for 13 years in Satara District. He is an Art of Living teacher, who conducts organic farming, yoga and meditation courses. In his journey as a farmer, he started a Participatory Guarantee Scheme (PGS) for an organic farmer group of 80 small-scale producers. The primary focus of farming is in turmeric and he grows the Salem & Waygaon variety.
The turmeric harvested is of premium quality and usually left in the ground for a long time, to raise the level of curcumin content in the turmeric.
- Belgaum, Karnataka, Jaggery Powder Farmer
Suresh Desai was born in Belgaum Dt. in a traditional extended South Indian family comprising 67 members. Since completing his matriculation, Suresh has been caring for the family property of 4.5 hectares, in an area where today sugar cane is primarily grown. For nearly a decade Suresh, as the manager of the farm, followed conventional practices relying on external inputs in the form of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Just like most of the other farmers near Belgaum, he grew sugar cane, a high water-demanding cash crop, and tobacco.
- Golpara, Assam, Black Rice Farmer
A farmer from Assam‘s Goalpara district has created history of sort by not only successfully cultivating a black rice variety called Oryza Sativa but has also initiated more than 200 others into it. This year, the progressive farmer, Upendra Rabha, of the district’s Amguripara area, helped grow black rice in 500 bighas of land along with others.
Upendra Rabha of Goalpara, Assam, started cultivating black rice in 2011 as an experiment with the guidance of the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).