The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, has been experimenting with Homa Organic Farming for several years now.
Dr P W Basarkar, Head of Department, Plant Biochemistry, who has started Homa Therapy at UAS, Dharwad, said: “Organic farming is not new for our country. In fact, it originated in India. It is known to purify soil and water only, but this (Homa) technique can purify air in surrounding areas of the farm, thus ensuring that the air-borne diseases don’t harm the crops in any way.”
The technique can be used anywhere: a house, garden or a farm. However, to cover a larger area, a hut is constructed with four pyramids installed inside. People who have been using the technique vouch for it.
The UAS, Dharwad, too, has been trying to spread the message among farmers. Says Director (Research) P M Salimath: “We have been looking at the impact of the therapy on the plants. Today, we have a few students who are carrying out research on the effects of Homa on different crops. We have been trying to spread the message among the farmers in neighbouring areas. We have started a diploma course for poor farmers to make them aware that there is a way other than using artificial harmful pesticides.”