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:

  • Cashew Nut crop in Yadnyanagar is totally free of the (tea) mosquito bug.
  • Normally this insect is found in every field of Cashew Nut.
  • To control this insect, the farmer normally has to spray all crop two or three times with strong chemicals such as Cyphermethrin and Monocrotophos.
  • Even after spraying with these chemicals total control is never achieved.”
  • But this farm is completely free of this insect pest.

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.”

“Near to my house, there is a small garden which has a lime tree and which is about ten years old. It gives good fruit. This year again there were a lot of flowers but during flowering the tree was attacked by an insect pest and it lost all its flowers. People gave various advice for chemical treatments. Then I remembered Dr. Basarkar telling about the Agnihotra ash water solution.”

“I decided to mix some Agnihotra ash in water and after letting this sit for 3 days, the Agnihotra ash water solution was ready for use. I sprayed the lime tree only once with this solution. After 8 days, I checked the tree and found the insects had all disappeared and the tree had started to flower again. Thanks to Dr. Basarkar for his good advice about Agnihotra!”

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…”

Abhay Mutalik Desai:
“This year (2008), India is experiencing erratic rains which have resulted in heavy crop losses. March is supposed to be hot and dry. But streams and rivers were flooded and ready-to-harvest wheat in Northern Karnataka, rice in Kerala and pulses in the coastal area of Karnataka were destroyed. In the last 50 years, I have never seen a monsoon climate in this area in the month of March.”

“Surprisingly, these rains happened after I had harvested my 4 acres of wheat, intercropped with sugarcane. And actually these heavy rains were a boost for my coffee, pepper, sugarcane and one month old summer groundnut. Then, the month of April up to May 20th was a dry spell. Four Agriculture students from Dharwad Agricultural University stayed on our farm to study Homa organic principles. ”

Sugar cane intercropped with wheat

“Three of them were not sure about the effects of Homa; they thought that just organic is enough. I had already told them about my earlier experiences of 2000, 2003 and 2004 when it had rained only on my farm and village. On May 13th, we were all working on the farm; it was hot and there was no trace of a cloud anywhere. Exactly at 2.00 pm in the afternoon a small cloud formed over our farm only, the remaining sky was clear blue. Suddenly a sound of thunder came from within the cloud and rain drops poured down only on our farm area with bright sun rays in the background. All the workers, the students and I were surprised about the 20 minute rainfall.”

“Pre-monsoon rains started on May 20th. My 5 acres of summer groundnut were still not fully matured because of late sowing in February. Only in the 1st week of June I was able to harvest and I needed sunshine that week to dry the harvested groundnut. The meteorological department had predicted an early monsoon. It rained till 28th of May and then it stopped. On June 10th I finished my harvesting and drying of the groundnut along with sowing of 3 acres of rice and then the Monsoon continued till 16th of June. I immediately sow 1 acre of groundnut and once again the rains followed!”

“During monsoon there is always a shortage of farm workers. I had to undertake weeding in 14 acres sugarcane, 3 acres rice and 1 acre groundnut and I needed the rain to stop. Unbelievably, there was a dry spell in our area between 24th of June till 4th of August in which I could finish all the weeding. But farmers all over Northern Karnataka who had done sowing in May were losing their crops. I absolutely had no problems. However, I did increase the hours of Om Tryambakam Homa beginning from July 20th.”

“The heavy rains started again on August 4th and our Ghataprabha river was flooded and the Hidkal Dam was full in just one week. The back water entered into one acre of our rice field and one particular variety, Krishna Kumud, was totally submerged in water. (right) I thought I would lose the seeds of a rare variety of black aromatic rice as the dam was full. In the third week of August the water in the dam reduced and our Black Rice was saved. Now, all the rice is out of water and we are looking forward to a good harvest.” (photo below)

“So, in times of drastic climatic changes which are occurring in every part of the world, we survive and succeed using Homa Therapy. I had the same experience in past that whenever there was need of rain, it rained, although surrounding area was all drought. And when in the surrounding area heavy rains came and it harmed the crops, just in our area no rains came and there was no destruction. Reading today’s (11th Sept 2008) newspaper headlines: “Heavy Rains in Bidar District of Karnataka destroys millions of Rupees worth of pulses”, “Neem tree, which flowers in the month of April is flowering now” – the weather is crazy. We are thankful for having Homa in our life.”

Karin Heschl – Soybean

Homa Farm of Prestige Feed Mills
Dewas, District: Indore
Madhya Pradesh, India

soybean

“In the year 2001 we began a Homa Farming project in soya beans in cooperation with Prestige Feed Mills, Jaora Compound, Indore. I and my two children stayed on the ‘Dewas’ farm for the entire season practicing Agnihotra and Om Tryambakam Homas.”

“Using agro-chemicals the yield from the Prestige farm in the previous year was 350 kg per hectare. Using Homa Organic Farming techniques the yield in the current year was 1,800 kg per hectare.”

“Other farms in the area averaged 700 to 800 kg per hectare. Nearest best result was 1,200 kg per hectare.”

“Beans from Prestige farm were of superior colour. Roots of the plants from the Prestige farm bore twice the number of nitrogen-fixing nodules as those from the neighbouring farms.”

Table 1. Shows economic comparison between the best Conventional agro-chemical farm and our Homa Organic farm.

 

Conventional practice

Homa organic farming

Part

Details

Units

Qty

Rate

Cost/bigha

Cost/ha

Qty

Rate

Cost/bigha

Cost/ha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seed

JS335

kg

18

12

216

810

18

12

216

810

Fertilizer

SSP

bag

2

115

230

862.5

 

 

 

 

Pesticide

Nuvacron

litre

0.1

300

30

112.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ploughing

Tractor

per hour

0.5

100

50

187.5

0.5

100

50

187.5

Sowing

Tractor

per hour

0.33

150

50

187.5

0.33

150

50

187.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dora

Bullocks

per day

0.25

400

100

375

0.25

400

100

375

Weeding

Labour

per day

5 men

30

150

562.5

5 men

30

150

562.5

Spraying

Labour

per day

1 man

30

30

112.5

1 man

30

30

112.5

Harvesting

Labour

per day

8 men

30

240

900

8 men

30

240

900

Threshing

Machine

per bag

3 bags

50

150

562.5

4.8 bags

50

240

900

Misc.

 

 

 

 

50

187.5

 

 

 

 

Agnihotra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

150

562.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Costs

 

Rs

 

 

1296

4860

 

 

1226

4598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yield

 

kg/bigha

300

850

2500

9562

480

850

4080

15300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

Rs

 

 

1254

4702

 

 

2854

10702

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit %

 

 

 

 

 

96.7%

 

 

 

232.8%

  • One bigha is 0.267 hectare or 0.667 acres.
  • Results are given per bigha and per hectare.
  • Yield in conventional agro-chemical farming was 300 kg per bigha (1,120 kg per hectare)
  • Yield in Homa Organic farming was 480 kg per bigha (1,800 kg per hectare)
  • Profit in conventional agro-chemical farming was Rs 1,254 per bigha (Rs 4,702 per hectare) or 96.7%
  • Profit in Homa Organic farming was Rs 2,854 per bigha (Rs 10,702 per hectare) or 232.8%

Homa Organic Farming in Soya Bean showed:

  • Less cost in production
  • Greater yield per hectare (more than 50% greater)
  • Superior economy.

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.
  • The leaves of most of the coconut palms were being eaten away by the caterpillars and the attack was fast spreading from the palms in the north portion to the southern region.
  • I recommended that they cut the severely affected leaves right away and burn them to release the parasite Bracorm brevicormis.
  • Meanwhile, the campus YLTP team had commenced Agnihotra in this area, at the instigation of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar.
  • On 18th August the leaves of some of the severely affected palms were cut down.
  • I inspected the leaves but could not find any larvae on them.
  • Further, I opened the cocoons to see the pupae, but I noticed that all the pupae were dead.
  • I then recommended to stop the cutting of the leaves.
  • I now certify that the coconut garden is free from leaf eating caterpillar, Nephantis cerenopa.

Tapovan Update – Cotton

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

cotton

Comparison of Tapovan Cotton with Bt Cotton, Khandesh, Maharashtra, India

“There are four main cotton growing areas in Maharashtra, India – Khandesh, Marathwada, Vidarbha and Deccan Canal. Tapovan is situated in the Khandesh area. The GMO varieties of cotton which are known as Bt cotton have now achieved almost 100% penetration into these areas due to very aggressive marketing strategies by the seed companies.”

“Bt cotton is genetically engineered to protect the crop against only one pest – the American boll worm. However, cotton is attacked by no less than 165 pests. And now these secondary pests are attacking with great severity. The number of attacks by aphids, thrips, jassids, etc, has risen steeply since the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002.”

“Tobacco leaf streak virus, tobacco caterpillars, etc, have emerged as new diseases and pests of Bt cotton. The emergence of the mealy bug as a Bt cotton pest also appears to be a case of secondary pest resurgence, and no amount or type of pesticide has been able to control it.”

Neighboring Bt cotton attacked by secondary pests

Neighboring Bt Cotton attacked by Lalya disease

“This year, the farmers of Khandesh report massive attack of the fungal wilt disease known locally as “Lalya”. Lalya seems to attack only some varieties of Bt cotton. Lalya causes an initial reddening of the leaves, then the whole plant turns red and after a few days it completely dries up and dies. In the farms surrounding Tapovan as many as 50% now show signs of Lalya wilt. Some farmers have already removed their cotton and are preparing their land for the next crop. This results in a massive economic loss to the farmers who are already in serious financial difficulty.”

Tapovan Homa cotton- up to 90 bolls per plant

Tapovan Homa Cotton – no pest problems

“On the other hand in the HOMA Farm “Tapovan” we have sown non Bt American hybrid, Ankur 651. The plants are smaller in height than the Bt varieties but a count of the number of cotton bolls per plant reveals an average of up to 80 or 90. This compares very favorably with the Bt varieties. Bt plants are normally much bigger in size but this does not necessarily translate into more bolls per plant. And on some farms we have counted an average of only 50 to 60 bolls per plant.”