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Not too long ago, we, the human beings, lived a simple life in harmony with nature. Modern lifestyles and the population explosion has snatched that peace from us and left us trying to produce more to feed more. To accomplish this we invented new ways to jack up production by using more of agricultural chemicals.

No doubt by using agricultural chemicals such as fertilizer, pesticides and so on, we solved our short term goal, but left a dangerous legacy for future generations. The soil became poisoned and the plants that grew in it were weak, low yielding and prone to disease. Marginal farmers despairing at successive crop failure, committed suicide by consuming the once "magical" pesticides.

Organic Apple, Organic Rice, Organic Chocolates, Organic Clothes……..have you ever heard?......the list is endless….and growing further as worldwide increasing number of customers are demanding safe and healthier foods free from harmful chemicals. There is a growing responsibility for a cleaner and greener earth, among the modern generation and adopting organic and nature friendly lifestyle is the latest fashion edition.

The ill effects of chemical based agriculture and livestock farming systems have become visible and now the world is re-discovering the benefits of nature friendly sustainable practices of food production. Worldwide approximately 31 million hectares (75 million acres) are now grown organically.

According to the international organic farming organization IFOAM, the role of organic agriculture, whether in farming, processing, distribution, or consumption, is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from the smallest in the soil to human beings.

Organic farmers generally employ an integrated system of farming, which emphasizes crop production along with some livestock, fruit trees, apiary etc. All the production systems are interdependent on each other.

What is organic farming?

Organic farming can be defined as an approach to agriculture where the aim is to create integrated, humane, environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural production systems. Maximum reliance is placed on locally or farm-derived renewable resources and the management of self-regulating ecological and biological processes and interactions in order to provide acceptable levels of crop, livestock and human nutrition, protection from pests and diseases, and an appropriate return to the human and other resources employed. Reliance on external inputs, whether chemical or organic, is reduced as far as possible. In many countries, organic agriculture is known as ecological agriculture, reflecting this reliance on ecosystem management rather than external inputs.

The objective of sustainability lies at the heart of organic farming and is one of the major factors determining the acceptability or otherwise of specific production practices. The term 'sustainable' is used in its widest sense, to encompass not just conservation of non-renewable resources (soil, energy, minerals) but also issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability. The term 'organic' is best thought of as referring to the concept of the farm as an organism, in which all the component parts - the soil minerals, organic matter, micro-organisms, insects, plants, animals and humans - interact to create a coherent and stable whole.

Agro Tourism

India is an agricultural nation and agriculture is the prime most sector of its economic edifice. India has progressed leaps and bounds to become self-reliant in agriculture, from importing food-grains, now to an era where we have surplus, it’s a magical phenomena. India is now being accorded a world leader status in agriculture.

Endowed with diverse species of plants and animals, India is one of the eight centers of origin of plants. Besides, important food crops it has 190 species of fruit, vegetables and spices, more than 1,200 species of medicinal and aromatic plants which are of great significance to indigenous health systems. It has immense economic potential value for cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. India occupies a pre-eminent position with respect to animal genetic resources with 26 breeds of cattle, 8 breeds of buffalo, 42 breeds of sheep, 20 of goats, 8 of camel, 6 of horse, 4 of pigs and 18 breeds of poultry along with species like Mithun, Yak, Gees and Ducks. It gave Rice, Sugarcane, Mango and many spices to the world. Wonderful, isn’t it?

Farm Stay Programs

To showcase all this progress made at the agriculture front and in an attempt to provide a wholesome experience of the beauty, simplicity and richness of Indian countryside, we offer an opportunity for our visitors to observe the traditional Indian customs, developmental efforts in rural India and the intervention of modern technology and concomitant changing face of rural India, through our Farm Stay Programs.