Natureland’s Organic project’s impetus is to convert the lands in rain fed and eco sensitive zones into organic and thereby seed a better life to the farmers who have been in destitute due to vagaries of rain, fertility of land and souring input cost. We recently successfully converted 5,746 acres of land into organic in Uttarakhand region, which is a completely rain fed and eco sensitive zone and is based in a hilly terrain. Natureland has a team of 46 farm level employees who are responsible in bringing about this transformation and want to spread this transformation in various other regions of the country. We through our society “Natureland Organic Agriculture Farms & Ecoline Society” conduct various farm level initiatives like farm level training, farm input supply, seed supply, certification and organise health camps. We initiate farm level programs aimed at reducing the farm level cost through green manuring which involves pit preparation, decomposing of plant and animal waste, preparation of panchakavya, vermicompost and EM1 to farmers, we Conduct work shops and enter into long term agreements with farmers with buying commitment, conducting periodic audit, maintenance of farm dairy, on door purchase, electronic weighments and premium on the produce are some the farm level initiatives of ours Natureland through its society “NATURELAND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE FARMS & ECOLINE SOCIETY” has been instrumental in undertaking farm level initiatives to add more farm into the organic space and increase the network of farmers Today, Natureland works with a set of 32000 farmers and has the organic philosophy spread across an impressive 10,6000 acres spanned across states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal and Madhya Pradesh.
In all our projects, we promote organic agriculture and guide our farmers through training and certification. We encourage the concept of ‘zero-cost’ farming by providing them with seeds and training to use various bio-manures, bio-pesticides and composting methods. This procedure lifts the burden of upfront costs (of seeds and other inputs) off of the farmers and enables them to produce high-quality, certified organic products. We not only promote organic but our focus is also on the socioeconomic development and upliftment of lifestyle of our farmers, We strive to empower our farmers by providing continuing education in organic farming methods and promoting sustainable technologies. For example, some farmers have been able to harvest twice as many crops annually by adopting techniques demonstrated by our backend field force. They taught farmers how to maximize their own farm input production by utilizing locally available herbs for fertility and pest management, promoting the farming of low water consumption crops and techniques such as drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting. This knowledge in practice has significantly improved the economic viability of these farms and the well-being of these farm families.