Introducing Keyhole Farming in Sunderban Delta Islands
Proving a self-sustaining small scale form of alternate farming specially in cyclone prone saline water areas of the Gangetic deltas.
Why keyhole farming?
Keyhole farming offer numerous advantages. They conserve water. They are easier on the back due to the raised-bed format. They promote recycling. Plants can be located closer together than in traditional gardens, They are a compact way of raising crops. This type of gardening can be done very easily also by elder people. They are great educational tools and are being used in schools throughout the country to teach students about raising their own crops. The output of crops is one of abundance. They allow gardeners to control their own soil. They offer the opportunity to pleasantly get back to nature.
Almost 55% of India’s population depends on agriculture as its primary source of revenue. The sector contributes 18% to the national GDP. Furthermore, the export market for agriculture produce is huge, a staggering US$ 38.54 billion in the last financial year.
Investment in Indian agriculture is up to many times more effective in reducing extreme poverty than investment in any other sector.
Why? Because successful small farms provide jobs for unskilled labourers. Small family farms generate income that is spent in rural communities and stimulates rural economies, which in turn contribute to peace and security.
Moreover, India accounts for more than 450+ start-ups in the agri-tech space, which translates that every 9th agri-tech startup in the world is an Indian one.
And farms grow the food that feeds us all.