Vyahruti Homa with Mr. R.K. Mishra, Director of Horticulture in the District Unnao, Dr. R.A. Ram, senior Scientist in the Subtropical Horticulture Institute in the city of Lucknow, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Tiwari, owner of the farm, Mr. Raj Kumar and his son Akilesh Awasthi, who are in charge of performing the healing Homa fires on this farm.
The Homa farm of Mr. Ramesh Chandra Tiwari has set an example in the area of this district, called Unnao. This farm is free of plagues and diseases and has an excellent production. In a short time several more Homa Resonance points have been established in his area and will help more farmers to achieve a healthy, abundant and economic harvest. All this was possible through the help and support of Dr. R.K. Pathak and his team.
Farmer Ramesh Chandra Tiwari
Village: Khanpursirauli, Post: Hasanganj, District: UNNAO, U.P., INDIA
Mr. Tiwaris’ life has changed since he started with Homa Therapy on his 12 acre farm three years ago. His farm, like all the others, suffered under diseases like Powdery Mildew, and plagues like the Mango hopper and Mealy bug. He spent approx. 5,000 (five thousand) Rupees on pesticides on one acre of mango orchard before he began with Homa Therapy. (The salary of a worker is between 50 and 80 Rupees a day.) The harvest decreased every year, and the prices and frequency of the agrochemical applications (pesticides and fertilizers) was rising. The taste of these mangos was not good.
His father started the farm 50 years ago and that is also the age of the mango trees, variety Dashahari, which still can produce another 10 to 15 years, he says.
Now, he has an excellent mango production. They are large in size, sweet, tasty. They weigh between 500 to 900 grams. Total production in his land this year was 40 tons of mangos, which means 120 to 130 kg of mangos per tree. Mr. Tiwari tells us also, how he experienced an increase of production with the use of Biosol Homa.
He further lets us know that there was a certain, very difficult weed in his mango orchard, called “Gadaula”, with which his father was fighting without success. After starting Agnihotra, this weed disappeared by itself.
Something makes him very happy, he tells us, it is, that he just retired from being the director of a nearby school and now “I will be able to do all the Homa fires myself. I look forward to this very much.” He has seen the health of his workers improve on all levels and also the human interactions have become smooth. He says that Agnihotra ash removes depression and that a new motivation comes.
Everyone else had very low production with small mangos this year, fighting with plagues and diseases:
Mango hoppers on the bark of a mango tree.
Mango hoppers are found throughout the year hiding under the bark or leaves. Of all the mango pests, hopper is considered as the most serious and widespread pest throughout the country. Large number of nymphs and adult insects puncture and suck the sap of tender parts, thereby reducing the vigor of the plants. Heavy puncturing and continuous draining of the sap cause curling and drying of the infested tissue. They also damage the crop by secreting a sweet sticky substance which encourages the development of a fungi commonly known as sooty mould which affects adversely the photosynthesis of the leaves.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) officially suggestsand informs the farmers in case of Mango hoppers: The continuous use of pesticides though control the pest but pose some other serious problems like killing of pollinators and natural enemies, development of resistance to insecticides and residues which are on fruits hazardous to human population. Besides, the high cost of pesticides, labour and maintenance of equipments are other limiting factors in pest control.
(Oidium mangiferae Berthet): Powdery mildew is one of the most serious diseases of mango affecting almost all the varieties in many African countries, south of the Sahara, the middle East, Southern Asia and America from the Southern United States to Peru and Brazil. The disease is reported to cause approximately 20% crop loss in Maharashtra state alone. Sometimes as high as 70-80 per cent crop loss has been recorded on individual plant basis. The affected flowers and fruits drop pre-maturely reducing the crop load considerably or might even prevent the fruit set.
Harvest of Small and diseased Mangos due to pests and diseases even with huge input of pesticides. This is catastrophic for the small farmers, since this is their only livelihood.
HOMA FARMING IN THE MANGO BELT OF INDIA