Monday, April 15, 2024

Go organic

In this age of industrialization where things are produced at a mass scale, and in a speedy manner, quality of things is getting affected in a very fundamental manner. We are now generations into synthetic, artificial, and toxic products. The clothes that we wear, the food that we eat, and the buildings we construct – all of it is coming at a huge price. And the price is that the environment and human health are getting devastated. The degree of destruction that can be so easily witnessed in the form of shrinking green cover and polluted water bodies is beyond measure. Similarly we are witnessing a steep rise in different deadly diseases that were unknown to us some time back. Today when we talk about stress as a disease, it is all because our lifestyle has moved away from the natural anchors. Now we are being told by experts in health sciences that most of the diseases are because of our life style. And most of the toxicity in our bodies is because of the food that we take. Hence there is now an emphasis on having organic food, and returning to a natural life style. To bring changes in our lifestyle is a matter of discipline and we can do it, somehow. Unfortunately today almost all cultivable land across our state is worsening with every passing day. Illegal felling of forests and subsequent erosions had changed the entire landscape and course of irrigation and drainage channels ultimately fading the soil and robbing it of its precious nutrients. Even though we have the department of horticulture/ floriculture, yet we are not even on the map of the top producers of cut-flowers even in India. Why is it that our fruit growers are still utilizing ancient techniques in growing fruits when the same acreage is capable of producing hundred times more fruit than what they are at this time? Reviving agriculture as major performer in our economy is a two way traffic, where both state and the farming community have to play their own role. The state government should do more work in the fields of research and technology, and also ensure coordination between lab and the land to make it more efficient. On the other hand farmers and their educated younger generation have to realize the vibrancy of agriculture sector as an enterprise; should practice it with remunerative endeavor and not a mere aversive compulsion for survival. Beyond scientific research and technology up-gradation, our agriculture sector requires modern economic and entrepreneurial interventions with liberal financial backing. Several segments within the agriculture sector, like horticulture and floriculture, currently earn substantial amount of revenue and provide employment to many. In the first instance these sectors can be explored further and made strength of our economic activity. Agriculture and its allied sectors in our state cannot be dealt and conjoined with larger perspective of regional agriculture scenario. Our state being unique in many ways requires unique localized interventions of special nature and package. Its topography, climate, ambiance; distinct aroma and taste within its fruits and flowers make it incomparable. This exclusiveness can be explored and tapped making an exclusive brand of our own. Since, most of our people are directly or indirectly involved with agriculture and its related sectors, we need to embrace agriculture as a profession and fulfill our responsibility to till our lands dutifully for our survival. Here government needs to intervene in a more meaningful way, and at a larger scale. In Nagaland we can do it if there are some good interventions, and if there is consistent guidance available to our farmers, and also at the level of household, to grow organic vegetables. In fact there is enough possibility of growing organic food at commercial as well as household level, and this needs to be articulated in a more effective manner. If we grow organic vegetables, and turn it into a sizeable commercial activity, we can benefit in multiple ways. One, we can improve our health. Two, it can enhance our economy at grassroots level. And third, it can save our environment.