In West Bengal district North Twenty Four Parganas, Basirhat is a municipality town. This place is getting popular for its organic agriculture farms. Basirhat is situated in the delta by the coast of Bay of Bengal which is the part of Indian Ocean.
What farmers are doing at Basirhat?
You will be surprised to know that Basirhat farmers are farming using organic fertilisers.
Basirhat farmers do not have formal education on agriculture. They inherit the farming knowledge from their ancestors. These farmers grow vegetables, rice, fruits and business crops. The surprising part is their wonderful understanding of the local loamy soil and its fertilising capacity.
In the late 80’s most of them were cultivating one portion with chemical fertilisers another with organic fertilisers. Between 1990’s t0 2000’s they allowed chemical pesticides and found critical damage in the soil. After that, they gave up chemical pesticides.
There is a huge potential to export these crops to the world. As every year, farmers waste the excess crops because of the inefficient capacity of cold storage centres nearby and high costing regarding the same. Which is still not a popular business method here. That is a huge loss for people who can consume it outside India but not happening due to less business communication with this part of the world. Every year 1,000 tonnes of vegetables like fresh potato, tomato, pumpkin, brinjal, gourds, cauliflower, green cabbage, rice, wheat, mustard oil, mangoes, jackfruit, coconuts and many other such organic items are growing in huge numbers. These crops are getting popular in the local market.
The recent observation of the local farming culture I found it is interesting to share the photos I took some of the organic crops items. These organic crops we are getting delivered at every home in our neighbourhood.
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