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A Green Army to Take on Neo-Agriculture!

It is true that the civilisation sustain itself because of agriculture, it has so far due to the advent of the same, but for ironically the farmer in India has starved for long. In regards to the NorthEast with each state having a diverse palate to offer, farmers are often swayed, coerced to grow the same basic produce that probably is not meant for this land in turn forcing them to use chemicals, additives, etc.

For instance, Assam’s economy largely depends on agriculture - growing mostly tea, rice, sugarcane, pulses and turmeric. 69 per cent of Assam’s workforce is engaged in agriculture, the per hectare yield of rice (the staple food in the state) is 1700 kg, which is lower than the national average. Tea and rice might bring income to the farmer’s home but it has been observed that they were losing out on indigenous crops and the potential profits that they could earn from them.

To tackle this, new age farmers with understanding of local produce, organic growth are cropping up!

The NorthEast is a hub of a vast variety of produce and visiting different villages strengthened this knowledge forone such youth, Samir.

He has been working on traditional farming knowledge, curating only the best from the rural population has always been strong. He has been talking to them about government policies, and Government of Assam's principal focus on agriculture as has been time and again discussed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is also being brought to the local knowledge through conversations.

This method of farming included the reuse and recycling of resources and growing local

This army has now over 300 people working actively in their own capacities, from spread out villages like in Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland. And this local movement has not stopped there, they have gotten little people - kids also involved for after all, the future is to be reclaimed by them!

Since the work began in 2017, Samir and his team of Green Commandos have adopted over 150 schools this way. They teach the students about the importance and methods of making vermicompost, or organic farming and the need to grow and consume local food products. Their belief is that early exposure to this will inculcate a habit within the kids which will possibly slow down the rate of migration when they grow up.

With a three-pronged approach to help the children, youth and the farmers of the Northeastern States, Samir is ensuring that the local culinary culture is preserved in the Northeast. So far, over 40 farmers have been adopted by urban families, over 150 schools have been adopted under the eco-initiative and 326 Green Commandos have been trained to educate the rural folk about the benefits of local cuisine.

This is an amazing approach, but what more could be added to it? Tag us with your comments @ManuheManuhorbabe1 on Twitter and on Facebook!

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