The model organic farm set up at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute at Navalur Kuttapattu near here has been attracting a number of farmers, keen on studying the success of the organic farming techniques and the cultivation of high quality horticultural crops.
The model farm spread over about two hectares has been set up from out of the funds sanctioned under the ‘National project on organic farming’ programme of the Union Ministry of Agriculture. Scientists of the college have set up four separate units, one each for orchards, fruits, vegetables and paddy.
Vegetables such as cluster beans and lady’s finger and fruits such as sapota, mango, fig, West Indies chilly, karonda, pomegranate, guava are some of the crops raised.
“The quality in sapota can be gauged even from its early stage,” says Professor of Micro-biology P. Pandiyarajan. “Cultivation of the white ‘ponni’ rice variety on about 65 cents is in progress,” he says.
Farmers visiting the bio-farm are being taught the techniques for application of bio-fertilisers such as asosphrillum and phospho bacteria and bio-pesticides such as pseudomonas trichoderma.
College Dean S. Jebaraj said that the farm has been creating awareness among the farmers on the efficacy of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilisers.