Recap OES Polyhouse farming Session 4

Venkatesh Nallamilli
June 13, 2022

From Farm Coach Venkatesh’s desk:

“Thank you all for attending the polyhouse program on June 5th, 2022. The Participants are making a lot of effort in attending the program. Kudos to all of you for your interest in agriculture.” 

In the 4th session, farm learners successfully learned and implemented the circular banana circle plantation concept on ground and neem oil application on the respective farm patches. Farm coach Shilpa covered the banana circle plantation. She explained the concept behind circular plantations. This concept in permaculture evolved to use wastewater in the best possible way. Here gray water (relatively clean wastewater from baths, washing machines, sinks, and other kitchen utensils) is put to best use for irrigating the banana plants which are heavy nutrient demanding fruit plants. It is one of the best methods in permaculture to conserve water. 

The Polyhouse farming participants started by creating a circular layout at the selected site, later they dug the soil out with crowbars and spades to form a mound that was 2 feet wide. Learners placed the banana plants inside the patch with one-meter spacing between plants around the mound. After that, all the learners dug round pits as per packet size. Later they kept banana plants in pits and added vermicompost, about one kilogram per plant. At last, they covered the pit with soil and watered the plants.

The second activity for the day was neem oil application. Farm coach Venkatesh explained neem oil solution making and its importance in natural farming to the learners. He explained that neem oil is used to control crop pests. Azadirachtin is the main active ingredient that repels crop pests. In one liter of water, we need to add 5ml of neem oil and 10ml of soap nut solution. The farm coach further explained the different ppm that are available in the market (300ppm, 1500ppm, 3000ppm, 10,000ppm, and 50,000ppm). The program ended with the neem oil application to the farm patches, done by all the participants respectively, in a smooth manner. All the learners bid goodbye to each other and their farm coaches. Looking forward to the next meeting scheduled for 12th June 2022, which will cover Irrigation methods and Root systems.

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