Venkatesh Kulkarni's Story

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

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."

"I strongly believe there is no other technology which is economical and at the same time gives healthy and better produce. In this technology there is no chance of a farmer becoming bankrupt."

"If we compare my produce like cashew, I have cashew nut trees which are 5 to 6 years old. I have traveled to Sindhudurg, Goa and Kerala. There 5 to 6 year old trees give 2 to 3 kg of cashew nuts. But my trees give more than 5kg per tree. This means I produce 50 to 60% more than others, using this technology. I have 8 to 9 year old Kesar mango trees. Kesar Mango trees around my area give 50 to 60 kg of produce. But in my farm I get 90 kg per tree. This makes me believe if any farmer uses this technology, then he will earn decent profit."

"Secondly, for aromatic crops, I have planted patchouli and vetiver. The yield I get from my farm is higher than the yield available from other neighboring farms. There is a difference of 20%."