Abhay Mutalik Desai Receives Dharti Mitra National Award for Organic Agriculture, New Delhi, India

       Mr. Abhay Mutalik Desai received the 2nd place of the "Dharti Mitra National Award" for Organic Agriculture. This happened at the 19th World Organic Congress in November 2017 held at Delhi. It was launched by the organization "Organic India" to recognize the invaluable service that organic farmers provide to agriculture, ecology and to the society of India. Continue reading “Abhay Mutalik Desai Receives Dharti Mitra National Award for Organic Agriculture, New Delhi, India”

The Effect of Organic Treatments on Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Preamble

An experiment was conducted at the Model Organic Farm of CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur (31º54’ N and 76º17’ E), Himachal Pradesh, India, to evaluate the effect of various organic management treatments on the productivity and quality of lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus). Organic inputs (viz. farm yard manure (FYM); vermicompost; agnihotra ash; and neem powder) were added at the time of planting, while Bt + Himbio and the biodynamic preparation BD 500 were sprayed regularly at one month intervals. Crops were sown on dates matching moon and non moon position according to the Biodynamic Planting Calendar. Addition of agnihotra ash along with sowing as per moon position resulted in a higher yield of lemongrass (+124%, +99%) and a higher oil per cent (+155%, +144%) over the control, in both the years of study. Sowing as per moon position may have improved germination rate, water absorption and metabolism of the plants, whereas addition of agnihotra ash may have stabilized the nutrients present in soil.
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Biochemical Efficacy of Homa Organic Farming Practices in Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

An investigation was carried out at Main Agricultural Research station, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka during monsoon season 2012, to study response of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus var. Arka Anamika L. Moench) to Homa Organic Farming practices.

Preamble

A field experiment laid out in completely randomised block design with 18 treatments replicated thrice was conducted during monsoon season 2012 to study the biochemical efficacy of Homa organic farming practices in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus var. Arka Anamika).

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Biochemical Studies on Homa Organic Farming Practices in Cabbage

An investigation was carried out at Main Agricultural Research station, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka during monsoon season 2010, to study response of cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. Saint) to Homa Organic Farming practices.

Preamble

A field experiment laid out in Completely Randomised Block Design with 13 treatments replicated thrice was conducted during monsoon 2010 to study the biochemical studies on Homa organic farming practices in cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. Saint).
The present investigation was therefore, carried out with the following objectives:
To study the effect of Homa organic farming on:

  1. Growth and yield and quality of cabbage.
  2. Soil fertility and soil biological activity in the rhizosphere.
  3. Pest and disease management of cabbage.

General view of cabbage field in C-block (Homa)

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Response of Tomato to Homa Organic Farming Practices

An investigation was carried out at Main Agricultural Research station, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka during kharif season 2010, to study response of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Homa Organic Farming practices.

Preamble

The field experiment was laid out in completely randomised block design with 11 treatments exposed to Homa atmosphere replicated thrice.
Objectives of Investigation:
To study the effect of Homa organic farming practices on:

  1. The growth, yield and quality of tomato.
  2. Chemical properties of soil and soil fertility.
  3. Beneficial organisms and biological activity in rhizosphere soil.
  4. The pest and disease management of tomato.
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Homa Organic Grapes | Dinkar Patil

Dinkar Jayram Patil
Ojhar, Nashik,
Maharashtra, India

    "In my farm, I grow grapes. Out of the 24 lanes of grapes, 4 were treated with Homa Therapy.
  
 I started with Homa farming 3 years back. On these 4 lanes, I do not use any pesticide, insecticide, fungicide, etc.
     I only sprayed the Agnihotra ash water weekly 2 times. In these four lanes there was no disease.

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Homa Roof-Top Terrace Gardening

Two Agnihotris living in the city show the effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra ash on their rooftop gardens.
Mr Arun Anand, an engineer who lives in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and Mr Chalasani Dutt, a former entrepreneur become organic gardener who now operates the mango plantation “Prakash Bio Organic Farm” in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Arun Anand

an engineer who lives in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
“Agnihotra nourishes your plants and provides a healthy meal, nutritious, energized and full of life.”
(Photos below: Mr Arun Anand practicing Agnihotra on the roof of his house surrounded by his flourishing garden).

Mr Chalasani Dutt

Industrialist-turned-progressive farmer has always been at the forefront of trying new methods and systems.
Mr Dutt is also known for successfully raising several crops on the roof of his city house in Kasturibaipet using the world renowned Square Foot Garden technique.
After making extensive trials in his farms at Nuzvid and Vattigudipadu, Mr Dutt is now propagating Homa Therapy.
“Agnihotra can neutralize the effects of pollution,” Mr Dutt told The Hindu.
Quoting an article by National Horticulture Mission chief consultant Dr R.K. Pathak, Mr Dutt said Agnihotra purifies the atmosphere and has a tremendous impact on his Square Foot Garden ‘yielding very good results’. He said there were more commercial applications to Homa Therapy from which farmers could benefit.

The Tapovan Story

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

Water harvesting

Bruce Johnson:
“We finally got the big rain we were waiting for. The best rain in the last 25 years, they say. Tapovan is looking wonderfully green and lush. The big work which Aaron and Anne did on the water harvesting has paid off in a very big way. As you can see from the pictures, our dry creek bed has been transformed into a series of beautiful pools through the extensive rainwater harvesting that we have completed.”

“Charming rustic bridges allow for a lovely walk around the whole of the water feature. What a blessing for us to have so much water ,after so many years of severe drought. All the wells and bores on Tapovan are recharged and full of water. Water has percolated through to the aquifers beneath and the water level in our catchment area seems to have stabilized. We are now able to think about irrigation and growing different things here in Tapovan, which were not possible before.”

“Already, we have had agricultural experts last week who were totally baffled by our wonderful soy bean crop (only 6 weeks old – see pics), and also healthy turmeric crop in an area where they do not usually grow, as well as cotton without chemicals or pesticides. This is, of course, a testimony to the power of intensive Homas Fires and the application of Homa Biosol biofertilizer which we make here in Tapovan.”

Our Homa Experience in Our Small Garden

Here everything is in good progress. We are sending you some pictures of the vegetables from our little HOMA ORGANIC GARDEN in Amalner city, Maharashtra which is in the dry land region of Central India where temperatures reach up to 48 degrees in summer.

We planted vegetables like lady finger, two different types of gourd, beans, lemons, etc. We do daily sunrise & sunset Agnihotra & regularly some Om Trambakam Homa.

We are also giving the Agnihotra ash & Homa ash regularly to the plants and we are getting beautiful results. The food quality & quantity is really surprising. In the picture you can see the vegetables. We harvest every 2 to 3 days and even though the plot is small, we get enough for our family of 4 and other people who know about our organic Homa garden come to buy our vegies because of their taste and quality. We are sending much love to everyone.

Gopal Mehta’s Story

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
India

apples
peaches

Gopal Mehta, a leading apple and stone-fruit orchardist, started experimenting with the environment-friendly mode of farming in the late 1990s in view of the rising cost of inputs and poor returns. Mehta, who is also the chairman of the Himachal Organic Farmers’ Association, maintains that the continuous use of chemical fertilisers and chemical sprays is doing more harm than good to the orchards of Himachal Pradesh.

The Mehta orchard is located near Shimla and the family have being practicing Homa Farming for 4 years. In this area, in the Himalayan Mountains, mainly apples, peaches and for some years also mangoes are being cultivated. The Mehta family has fruit trees: mangoes, apples, plums, peaches, lychees, cherries, etc. and also various kinds of vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, beans, peas, tomatoes, eggplants, chilies, herbs, etc.

Here are some of the results they have observed with Homa farming:

  • All the fruits and vegetables have a better quality and exceptional taste.
  • The peaches have an extraordinary size and a foreign buyer recently remarked that he had never eaten such good peaches anywhere before.
  • Since the diseases and pests are controlled by Homa farming techniques, their harvest has increased compared to their neighbors’.
  • It was very remarkable that in a year where there were hardly any apples growing in the whole area, the Mehta family received almost the same amount of harvest as usual.
  • The mango trees of the neighbours suffered from some freezing cold nights while his mango trees did not show any damages.
  • People say that on their farm they are practicing ‘Homa magic’.