Tag Archive for Bihar

Organic farming method produces record yields

post_organicFarmingAn organic planting system developed by a Jesuit Priest is lauded as one of the most important developments for small scale farmers in 50 years.

Sumant Kumar, a farmer in the village of Darveshpura in northeast India’s state of Bihar, usually harvested four to five metric tons of rice per hectare, which is about the paddy yield average, worldwide. However, in 2011, with techniques that use organic fertilizer and no herbicides or GMOs, and which require less water and seeds, he astonishingly grew 22.4 metric tons, a world record, on just one hectare.

Promoting waterless ecological sanitation in Tarumitra, a Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre in India

2014_04_15_PP_Photo2-300x225A Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre, Tarumitra (meaning Friends of Trees, in both Hindi and Sanskrit), in the outskirts of Patna city, is a key resource in promoting ecosan in Bihar state. With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the SEI/WASHi initiative, Tarumitra built a demonstration ecosan and hygiene facility on its premises, giving visitors an opportunity to see and learn about ecosan first hand.