Meghalaya organic farmers that team Zizira met left a lasting impression. The way the farmers worked hard and made the best of what nature provided was touching.
If you are a lover of nature, believe in organic agriculture and admire people who tend the soil, then you may stop to look at the image you see above. This is a pretty sight is it not? Lush cabbage plants and the hand-worked neat furrows for irrigation in between. This field of cabbages is in Puriang Village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, one of the seven states of Northeast India. It is part of the farm owned by Nah, a lady farmer who has adapted good farming techniques to improve returns.
Puriang village is said to have one of the most fertile soils in Meghalaya. The farmers who own land here consider themselves lucky!
Majority of the population of Puriang depend on agriculture. It is said that fruits and vegetable grown here are ‘flavourful’. Perhaps because the farmers resort to organic farming – using naturally available manure?
A three member Zizira team visited Puriang in May 2015 to get a first-hand feel of the place and to meet farmers following organic methods. They had heard a lot about the village, its rich soil and the hard working farmers. This post is based on their experience and inputs.
Bananas, Oranges and wild Olives are among the many fruits that grow here. Bananas of Puriang are said to be of the best quality. A number of vegetables – like Potatoes, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Peas and French Beans are cultivated too – Team Zizira
Water is Plenty – Helps These Meghalaya Organic Farmers
Water, the farmers said, was never an issue in Puriang.
We get adequate rainfall to meet our demands. But, if rain fails then we can always use our water pumps to access underground water or use water from our ponds.
Did you know?
Meghalaya is blessed with many natural sources of water – by way of rain, natural springs and waterfalls.
Nah, a lady farmer of Puriang even has extra water that she monetizes. She supplies potable water from her pond to nearby areas.
Organic manure to help organic farming
The farmers of Puriang use sustainable best practices to remain organic. They rear animals like chicken and cows, both for meat and for what they can provide by way of eggs or milk. Pig farming is very popular and lucrative too. The best part is that the dung is used as natural manure!
Meghalaya organic farmers of Puriang village make their own seed
Farmers the team met said that they make their own seeds. Organically. The way it was meant by nature and done ever since humans started to cultivate. They save the seeds the plants provide! They buy seeds from the market too, but only for a select few crops. One of the farmers in Puriang said that she buys seeds only for growing Potatoes.
It was very clear to team zizira that the Meghalaya organic farmers they met in Purian were a hard working lot. They seemed to hold each other in respect and worked together for the village. And, they were patient in taking time to talk to the team! They plan to make return visits to this village!
This field visit based report is in keeping with Zizira’s plans to bring the spotlight on such farmers. Zizira plans to bring special food products of northeast India through a eCommerce portal. Would you be interested in dehydrated fruits and berries, or specially sourced lakadong turmeric or tastefully packaged fruit preserves and pickles of northeast India? Contact us.
A farm of a lady farmer in Puriang – a photo snippet
Nah is a model farmer. She does her best to improve and innovate and use agricultural best practices.