ISKCON, DBSKKV University join hands to revolutionise agriculture, farming in Palghar
A five-year MoU was signed that will bring in a dynamic change in the agriculture pattern and serve as a revolutionary model in the rural development and life of farmers in Palghar ditrict of Maharashtra
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International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and Dr Balasaheb Sawant Kokan Krishi Vidhyapeeth (DBSKKV) of Dapoli in Ratnagiri district have joined hands to bring about agricultural reforms and change patterns of farming in Palghar district of Maharashtra, considered to be a backward area of the state in agricultural farming.
The effort made by the two organisations in this regard is to introduce new avenues for Adivasi farmers of the Palghar district. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ISKCON and DBSKKV at Govardhan Eco Village located in Wada taluka, about 100 kilometres from Mumbai.
“The MoU entails a partnership between the two sides for a period of five years where the agriculture knowhow and modern techniques of farming will be provided by DBSKKV to the beneficiaries of the farming community in Palghar district, says Braj Hari Das from ISKCON.“
The MoU will bring about a dynamic change in the agriculture pattern and serve as a revolutionary model in the rural development and life of farmers in Palghar district. It will open many new avenues for the Adivasi farmers to improve their living standards, according to Dr SD Sawant, Vice-Chancellor, DBSKKV, Dapoli.
The scientists from DBSKKV will develop new research projects on farms in Palghar and lay out experiments in upcoming areas of agriculture. The MoU was signed by Dr Sawant and Dr PM Haldankar, DBSKKV and Braj Hari Das and Sanat Kumar Das of ISKCON at Govardhan Eco Village in Wada taluka.
Tarun Nitai Das, Mohan Nimai Das, Braj Prem Das and many ISKCON Agricultural and Rural Development members and Adivasi progressive farmers were present during the occasion.
Sri Gauranga Das, Director, GEV, informed the gathering about the different activities by GEV in the Palghar district and said, "These include treatment of sewage water and its re-utilisation for agriculture, goshala, yoga, eco-friendly environment of reuse, reduce and recycle projects."
Dr Manik Gursal, Collector and District Magistrate, Palghar, in his address, said, “Currently in India it is important to prioritise agriculture since a major portion of India’s economy and livelihood of people depends on that. In order to improve the productivity of agriculture, it is important to do research and come up with innovative means. It is wonderful that ISKCON and DBSKKV have come together and collaborate to help improve agriculture in the Palghar district of Maharashtra."
Dr Haldankar said that the MoU entails work in different projects such as organic farming of rice, cultivation of highly demanded medicinal plants, growing fruits, vegetables and flowers of new varieties, the opening of a seed bank, development of dairy products, extraction of perfume from flowers and cultivation of bamboo and small scale industries.
ISKCON’s Govardhan Ecovillage has been working for the uplift of approximately 78 tribal villages in the Palghar district through various interventions including farmer's empowerment, women empowerment, skill development for tribal youths, rural education, health care, free food distribution, water resource development for drinking and irrigation.