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Venkatesh Kulkarni's Story

Homa Farm: Manas Krushi
Shahapur, District: Thane
Maharashtra, India

mango
cashew nut

"We came across Gurudev Shree Vasant Paranjpe between 1998 and 1999. From our discussions with Him, we realized that the cow is an important part in farming and this is the reason why the cow has been given an important place in our scriptures and culture. Another point we found out from Him was that for healthy farming the environment should be healthy and to achieve this a simple procedure of Agnihotra is advised. If we use the correct combination of cow and Agnihotra then we can achieve the same result in farming as our forefathers enjoyed."

Rangamani and T. T. Surenkumar's Story

Ooty, District: Nilgiri
Tamil Nadu, India

tea

"We used to have several types of infection in our tea garden, ranging from fungal to bacterial to various types of pests. In addition, when the tea bushes were pruned to the roots, the new sprouting leaves were infected by pests which used to curl the leaves and we used to lose a lot of good leaves."

Story of Tapovan Cows

Homa Farm: Tapovan
Tehsil: Parola, District: Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India

cattle

In Tapovan, we have at the moment 9 cows, 4 bulls, 9 calves and 7 newborns. We also have 2 bullocks working the farmland. These are indigenous Gir breed cows and some mixed breeds. We have been rearing cows for several years and now we have the third generation.

The Tapovan Story - Climate Engineering

Homa Farm: Tapovan
Parola, District: Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India

climate change

In December, 2009 there was an unseasonal storm in the Dhule/ Jalgaon region of North Maharashtra. 35,000 hectares of farmland was damaged. Hundreds of thousands of rupees of crop losses were reported by farmers in the area. In the district of Parola 49 villages were affected. In some places, 2 feet of ice were reported in the fields from the hail storm. The ice remained in some fields for 3 days after the storm.

Ramesh Tiwari's Story

Village: Khanpur Sirauli
Tehsil: Hasanganj, District: Unnao
Uttar Pradesh, India

mango

"In India, most of the mango varieties are alternate bearers, which means that they give fruits only every other year. The mango variety Dashehari is also an alternate bearer. Together with a group of 20 farmers I have initiated Homa Organic Farming in mangos in the Unnao district, which is famous for the cultivation of Dashehari variety."

Frits Ringma - Om Shree Dham

Homa Farm: Om Shree Dham
Hunter Valley, NSW
Australia

saline water

"We had a bore well drilled, despite indications that there were no underground streams on our farm. Sub-artesian water was found at forty meters (130 Feet). It was laboratory tested and found to be HIGHLY SALINE AND ALKALINE. The pH was 9.5 and the salinity measured 1150 ppm."

Ravindra Wadekar's Story

Homa Farm: Yadnyanagar
Village: Talwade, Tehsil: Rajapur, District: Ratnagiri
Maharashtra, India

cashew nut

Report from P.S. Kadam B.Sc. (Agri)
Officer, Agricultural Dept.
Pachal, Rajapur, Dist: Ratnagiri

Report on Cashew Nut trees

"I recently visited the Yadnyanagar Homa Farm of Shri Ravindra Wadekar in Talwade village. During the visit I inspected the Cashew Nut crop (which at the moment is in the flowering stage). Following are my observations:

Savita Joshi's Story

Islampur, District: Sangli
Maharashtra, India

lime tree

"I heard about Agnihotra and its effects in a talk by Dr Pramod Basarkar from Dharwad Agricultural University, Karnataka. After hearing about it, I started to practice Agnihotra. But I didn't think more about the benefits that were told in the talk."

Abhay Mutalik Desai - Climate Engineering

Village: Sutakatti, District: Belgaum
Karnataka, India

climate engineering

Dr O.P. Rupela, Chief Scientist (retired), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, visited the farm recently and reported:
"The crop production system in this Homa farm reflects a complete balance, which can only be achieved when Nature is in perfect balance and harmony. The farm is a good place of education and research for agricultural scientists..."

Report of P.J. Joseph - Coconut

Art of Living International Campus
Bangalore
Karnataka, India

coconut

Report by P.J. Joseph, Asst. Director of Agriculture
District: Kasaragod
Kerala

24th August, 2004

  • I first visited the coconut gardens of the Art of Living International Campus, Bangalore on 15th August, 2004.
  • During my inspection I noticed severe attack of leaf eating caterpillar pest Nephantis cerenopa.
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