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Bio-inputs for agroecology

Volume 23, No 1, March 2021

Agroecological approaches are based on principles of living in healthy communion with nature. Leveraging contextual diversity, they promote resilience, sustainable use of resources and safe environment. One of the most critical components for promotion of ecological/ organic/ LEISA farming is biodegradable inputs – awareness, availability, willingness to experiment so as to use them as substitutes for harmful and expensive chemical options.

Based on traditional and cultural knowledge, farmers and organic farming promoters have been constantly preparing and using biological alternatives with positive results. The mainstream institutions too have recognised the multiple benefits they offer not only to the farmer but also to the Planet. However, often, they are context dependent linked to factors like biodiversity availability and the willingness of farmers.

Interesting examples of way forward have been shared by LEISA enthusiasts in spite of COVID threats. Our authors are the backbone for continued knowledge sharing. We are highly thankful to them. Not only to those who share, we are also deeply grateful to all those who read, encourage and voluntarily contribute to the sustainability of this knowledge sharing effort.

Highlights

Bio management of coconut pests – Social process for mass adoption

There is a need for paradigm shift in extension approaches from individual to community level, with active community participation. Such specific extension approaches could increase the adoption of technologies, offer scope for refinement of technologies, evaluation of effectiveness and faster technology dissemination.

Nurturing nature using nature’s gift – A Sri Lankan Scenario

Concerted efforts towards creating awareness on organic agriculture with necessary training, handholding and supportive policies is pushing Srilanka towards becoming a toxic free nation.

Jeevamrut – the real liquid gold

Paderu women have proved that despite having access to fewer resources, it is possible to adopt agroecological methods of farming, with some initial assistance and training. Use of biologicals is only a small step towards a greener mode of farming, but has the potential to be scaled up on a larger scale especially through Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

Enterpreneurship to promote organic farming

Farmers dependent on rainfall are always vulnerable. But turning crisis into an opportunity requires determination and support from many. Sebastian is one such example who transformed into a role model, supporting farmers transition to organic farming methods
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