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Coordinator's Comments

In India chemical farming methods have dominated for so long that there is a little useful information available on non-chemical or organic farming methods and few qualified specialists capable of providing the needed know how.

India has a rich heritage of agricultural traditions that are suitable for designing organic production systems. Sophisticated crop rotation or mixed cropping patterns facilitate the management of pests, diseases and nutrient recycling. It is strong in high quality production of certain crops like off season vegetables, tea, some spices, rice & ayurvedic herbs

Compared to input costs, labor is relatively cheap in this region, thus favoring the conversion to less input-dependent, but more labor-intensive production systems, provided they achieve sufficient yields.

Farmers consider crop production as major activity and live stock production as a subsidiary enterprise. The farmers have very limited assets, income and production flows. They work in an agricultural context of extreme marginality. Agricultural approaches emphasizing technology packages have generally required resources to which most of them have no access.

Conventional technology development is expensive which they could not afford. The declining soil fertility has been a great concern for farmers of India due to inherent soil chemical properties, soil erosion, over grazing, continuous cropping with out fallow and inappropriate crop rotation systems. Continuous mono cropping and inappropriate crop rotations have resulted in weed infestation and increased the diseases in crops

Organic agriculture is in many ways an eminently preferable model for the development of agriculture in India. Organic agriculture offers multiple benefits. These includes:

A. Economical aspects (e.g. price premiums, high demand)
B. Natural resource conservation (e.g. improved soil fertility and water quality, prevention of soil erosion, preservation of natural and agro-biodiversity).
C. Social benefits (e.g. generation of rural employment and corresponding lower urban migration, improved household nutrition and local food security, reduced dependence on external inputs).c. Social benefits (e.g. generation of rural employment and corresponding lower urban migration, improved household nutrition and local food security, reduced dependence on external inputs).

I hope that through wwoof india a platform could be created where the knowledge and cultural exchange could take place between the volunteers and the hosts.Last but not the least it will also fill the gap between urban and rural masses. The overall objectives of organic agriculture could be achieved in true sense.



Harish Tewari

Coordinator WWOOF India

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Mailing address of wwoof India coordinator : Harish Chander Tewari C/O WWOOF India Organics Pvt Ltd , A 46 judge farms, Haldwani, Nainital, Uttrakhand, India

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