Organic Food and Taste Festival - A much awaited intervention in Vidarbha!

Deshonnati newspaper group and Ecocert India have jointly organised an organic Food and Taste Festival in Akola on 26th, 27th and 28th of May 2011.
May 21, 2011 - PRLog -- Aurangabad, Deshonnati newspaper group and Ecocert India together are doing their bit to alleviate the root causes of depression, angst and vulnerability of disadvantaged farmers in Vidarbha region – by organising a three days ‘Organic Food and Taste Festival’ in the region.
Vidarbha is the eastern region of Mahrashtra state. It was famous for fertile lands, simple living, content people with a lifestyle more of laid-back in nature. The rainfed agriculture, traditional farming practices, livestock based farming system was sound enough to feed the people for generations after generations. The farmers were never dependent on the outside world for anything. They would farm with own saved seed, self-prepared inputs and would produce almost everything they required e.g. cereals, pulses, vegetables, spices etc.
“If you look at the history of the region, there were calamities like severely elongated draughts many times, and no doubt there were low incomes and discontent in the past,” says Mr Prakash Pohare, editor in chief of Deshonnati newspaper and a social activist, “but there were no suicides! It was with the onset of the first decade of present century when the lethal GM cotton seeds were introduced to this land, the helpless and hapless farmers found no alternative than to succumb to the mounting pressures of exhorbitant costs of chemical inputs, GM seeds, harrassment of private moneylenders and deteriorating inherent capacities idgew of soils.”
“The only solution we felt was to promote organic agriculture, which preserves the traditional wisdom, native seeds, breeds and a self-sustaining system of living.” says Prakash bhau (a word for elder brother in Marathi language).
“ No matter, how much one promotes the organic agriculture, it will never be popular among farmers unless there is a substantial demand for the organically grown commodities from the market.” Says Dr Amol Nirban, Business Development Officer of Ecocert India – the co-organiser of this event.
“We and Deshonnati have came to this understanding, that the real demand should be created in the local areas for organically grown food. Consumers should be made aware of the health hazards of chemical farming and encouraged to buy the certified organic commodities grown in their own regions. Then only the farmers will be in a position to commit themselves to the cause of sustainable agrculture.”, says Nirban.
“ The Organic Food and Taste Festival is one such opportunity to foster the confidence in the minds of the organic farmers as well as consumers. The consumers will be astonsihed at the range of organic commodities available in their own region and the affordable rates they can purchase the very ‘safe’ and ‘fearless’ commodities. And for the farmers this is an apportunity to be assuerd about an emerging strong market in their own areas when they will discover that there are consumers who are willing to pay any costs for authentic organic food!”, commented Dr Selvam Daniel, Managing Director of Ecocert India.    
While the famers will sell the organic products directly to visiting consumers, there is range of traditional cuisine available in the food court which the consumers and visitors can relish.
“Its not only the city of Akola, but cityfolks throughout the country are forgetting the traditional delicious recipes, with the advent of western food. This is in turn detrimental to the agro-biodiversity.” Says Mr Rahul Motiyele, Communication strategist of Ecocert India. “The popularity to  local traditional cuisines is expected to trigger the cultivation of range of different food commodities which are native to this region, thereby enhancing the agrobiodiversity and making the farmer more secured, self reliant and their farms more resilient to the uncertanity in market and nature.”
“Success of such Organic Food and Taste Festival will evoke the much needed awareness about the certified organic food among Indian consumers and will drive the local enthusiastic entrepreneurs to enter domestic trading, retail and restaurant business of organic food commodities,” says Dr Selvam Daniel,” and I think this will bring in the real change for grief stricken farmers of Vidarbha. The ethical buying can only support the ethical farming,” supported Prakash Bhau Pohare.
Source:Ecocert India Pvt Ltd
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