Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal: Dr. Debal Deb, the renowned scientist, ecologist and conservationist who has saved more than 1500 indigenous varieties of rice, today inaugurated West Bengal’s first “Agro-Forestry Centre” in the forested environment at Binodbati village in Bishnupur block of Bankura district. An initiative of Jai Kisan Andolan and Basudha Trust, this Centre will showcase sustainable and ecological practices in agriculture.
Members of Jai Kisan Andolan were present at the inauguration in large numbers along with Jai Kisan Andolan’s National President Shri Avik Saha, State President Shri Prabir Mishra, Shri Vice President Nani Roy, Hooghly District President Sushant Kandri and many others. State Secretary of Swaraj India Shri Ram Bachchan was also present.
The five-roomed, two-storied Center is made of adobe (sun-dried) clay bricks. It is energised by off-grid solar energy. Water requirement of the Center will be met by conserving and harvesting rain water. In this eco-friendly Center, indigenous crops, vegetables and fruits will be cultivated in a completely natural and ecological way, without using any ground water, and seeds will be conserved for exchange-distribution among local farmers. In addition, an integrated farm will be set up by keeping and conserving native species like goats, cows, hens etc. Local farmers will be trained in natural and organic farming as well as conservation of native seeds and animals. (Image attached)
Leaders of Jai Kisan Andolan said the model adopted at the Centre would prove that agriculture in natural and ecological ways is not only environmentally friendly, but also economically sustainable. Jai Kisan Andolan will set up such Centres in every district and progressively every block of West Bengal and hopes that this model can be spread across the country and India’s farmers and farming can be freed from the control of corporates and an independent agrarian society can be built.
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