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A young enterprising cultivator from Karnataka was in a great difficulty due number of problems at the farm compounded totally unreliable power supply.


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Rishi krishi Deshpande technique Methodology-

Step 1. Angara (Holy Ash) As per the Deshpande method the cultivator has to incorporate a minimum of 15 kilo of soil from the base of a banyan tree into each acre of farmland he wishes to cultivate. Since the quantity is minuscule, I call it Angara which is the name of the holy ash from our temples. Use of Angara results in a gradual increase in the population of he living organisms in the soil. However, my objective was to bring about a very rapid increase in their numbers. I was confident that our ancestors must have found a way to do this. So I went back to the Vedic texts. I was not disappointed and found that Arya Chanakya has provided a very appropriate shloka which ended the quest.

Kand bijanam chhedlepo, madhudhruten |
Kandanam Asthibijanam Shakudalepah ||
- Arya Chanakya Arthashasta 2,24,24

 

shlok



This means: If the seed is in stick form coat it with honey and ghee ( clarified butter) If it is in bulb form or with a hard cover, coat it with wet cow dung.

If you are a farmer you will realise how difficult and impossible appears the procedure laid down in this shloka! No wonder the mantra was neglected by generations of cultivators. I, on the other hand, spent months trying to unlock the wisdom hidden in the mantra. This was followed by field trials involving untiring efforts, successes and failures. My persistence finally paid off. I was successful in implementing the mantra into practice and the word Amrutpani was born.

Step 2. Amrut Pani (Nectar water) The second step is the preparation and use of Amrutpani or Nectar water. We all know that Amrut is the heavenly drink which refreshes the gods and has the power to resurrect the dead. In the same manner my Amrutpani invigorates the living soil and converts a dead soil into a living one. I may add here that while following the above mantra to prepare Amrutpani, I have used the knowledge gained through my experiments and have followed some rules of our Ayurvedic system of medicine.

Preparation of Amrutpani (Nectar Water)

200 litres of Amrutpani is needed for one acre of farm land which is prepared as under:

Material: -

Quarter kilo ghee (clarified butter) from a desi (indigenous breed ) cow

Half kilo of honey

10 kilo of fresh dung from a desi cow

200 litres of water

Process:

Thoroughly mix quarter kilo of ghee into 10 kilos of cowdung. Blend half kilo of honey into this mixture and add 200 litres of water stirring all the time. The mixture thus obtained is Amrutpani.

How to use Amrutpani ( Nectar Water)?

Sugaracane, turmeric, ginger etc. should be planted after dipping into Amrutpani. In he case of crops where the seedlings are transplanted, dip the roots into Amrutpani before planting. While watering sugarcane and other crops with canal or well water, mix Amrutpani in the main watering channel stirring all the time. For rain fed or monsoon crops the seeds need dressing as explained in the next section. Here when the soil is damp it should be drenched with Amrutpani. The drenching should be between the rows and not directly on the plantings. While planting seedlings of crops such as chili, tobacco or fruit trees, the small amount of water which is needed to wet the area around the plants should be Amrutpani. Excess of Amrutpani is always beneficial and will not harm the young plants.

A work of cauion. We know that a chemical experiment in a laboratory has to be carried out using a predetermined sequence with accurate weights of the components. Similarly, the procedure of preparation of Amrutpani mentioned above and its use (mentioned earlier and later) to be followed with strict discipline.

Step 3. Beej Sanskar (Dressing of Seeds for Planting) I always use the work seed dressing and not seed processing. The processing is carried out on an inanimate object. The seeds are living and hence they need dressing for best results after planting.

Dressing of seeds with a hard coat such as rice, wheat, corn, bhendi (okra) etc.

To one kilo of Angara (soli from the base of a banyan tee) add sufficient Amrutpani to make a thick paste or muck. Mix a small quantity of the paste with the seeds in a sifting pan and keep on rotating the pan till the seeds get a covering of the muck. Dry the seeds in shade, store and use as needed.

For seeds with a soft or thin coat such as hemp,cereals such as moong, groundnut etc., the muck as prepared above should be lightly sprinkled and the seeds should be used immediately.

Step 4. Anchhadan (Mulching)

Mulching which means covering the soil in the crop area is an essential part of the Deshpande system.

Our Technique

 

Step 1. Angara (Holy Ash) As per the Deshpande method the cultivator has to incorporate a minimum of 15 kilo of soil from the base of a banyan tree into each acre of farmland he wishes to cultivate.

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Book on Rishi Krishi
Title Ahimsak Rishi-Krishi Deshpande Farming Technique
English Edition Rs. 250/- + Postage[In India]

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