A six - day long training program ‘Organic Farming for Beginners’ was conducted in Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi district, Odisha between March 4-9,2015 young people to build them as core facilitators, para- professionals of organic farming in Chetna Organic clusters.
Organised at the at SVA training hall in Bhawanipatna, the training was attended by 20 Students (11boys and 9 girls) and spanned over 6 sessions of conceptual, manual and technical inputs. Practical demonstrations were carried out at the Chetna Organic Eco centre at Martubhoomi Cooperative in Mading, Bhavanipatna. The assignments on data collection of farmers and seed collection were organized in the three villages of Poria, Tentulipada and Bhimdonga of Bhawanipatna cluster. The course curriculum was specially designed keeping in view the various challenges faced by farmers and farmers groups in the field and is aimed at helping them intensify their organic agricultural production.
The fully residential course covered the concepts of Institution Building (Groups/Coops/Producer cos), Organic Certification Processes, Marketing of Organic Produce, Integrated Organic Farming Systems, Soils & Soil Fertility Management, Water Conservation & Management, Seeds, Crop Varieties, Conservation, Plant Protection – The organic approach, Post Harvesting Technology, Livelihoods (On farm, Off farm, Entrepreneurship) All trainees hail from rural backgrounds and aspire to become active practitioners and promoters of organic farming in the near future. The Organic training program is being offered by Chetna Organic under the Peace by Peace Cotton program being supported by Felissimo Corporation, Japan and co- supported by G Star, GSRD, Solidaridad and and ICCO foundations.