"North eastern states perhaps are the only regions where not much violence is done to nature. We have still plenty of unpolluted air. The green cover is threatened but is not yet extinct. In this context, the project holds a promising future. The focus of the project is on eco-education. Given the interest of the people, I see the project a breakthrough in protecting nature. On our part we promise full hearted cooperation."
Pangmoul, November 29, 2021
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project is located at Pangmoul, in the mythical North East of India, close to Bangladesh and Myanmar. Pangmoul is a small large village 40 kms to the South of Imphal, the state capital.
Supported by Social Ecology Education Fund, a pilot project is envisaged at the local Vincentian Mission, where a pastoral ministry is combined with educational services by operating a school and two school hostels. A church for prayer and worship, school building, hostel buildings, convent and a modest presbytery are the existing buildings that well merge with the topography.
About 28 acres of land are donated by the villagers. The land is hilly terrain partly terraced and made cultivable.
Eco-farming combines modern food science with respect for nature and biodiversity. It ensures healthy farming and healthy food, soil, water and climate. Ecological farming is all about food that encompasses practically everything of human being, taste, nourishment, family, culture, science, religion, connection and identity. Unlike like our current broken industrial agriculture model, eco-farming places local people and farmers at its heart.
The objective of this project is to demonstrate and disseminate the concept of ecological awareness and farming to the village community of Pangmoul and the adjacent villages.
The stakeholders of the project are the village leader, staff and students of the school, members of the youth association, members of the mission and the local women groups.
- Initial meeting with the stake holders and explaining the concept of integral ecology, eco farming and its basic principles.
- Demarcating two acres of the land as demonstration ground on eco farming and organic agriculture. Organic agriculture or farming is not merely the absence of use of pesticides.
- Land terracing and trenching for water harvesting and vermicompost.
- Construction of a small poultry, piggery and extension of the existing cowshed
- Construction of a biogas plant.
- Purchase of 50 layers, 5 piglings and two cows
- Initiate the cultivation of Vegetables and planting fruit trees.
- Ensure soil health by using only green manure, farmyard manure, vermicompost and crop residues.
- Appointing a person as the caretaker of the eco farm.
- Periodical passements and sharing the outcomes with the target population and the stakeholders.
- Greater awareness and knowledge in the village community on healthy food production
- Greater control of the village community on food production.
- Better rural livelihoods since eco-agriculture is instrumental in rural development, food security and fighting poverty.
- Biodiversity: Promoting diversity in crops, instead of monocultures like corn and soy, is essential to protecting nature.
- Soil fertility can improve using eco-farming methods and refraining from chemical fertilizers and inputs.
- Ecological pest protection: Farmers can control pest damage and weeds effectively through natural means instead of chemical pesticides.
- Food Resilience: Diverse and resilient agriculture, not monoculture crops, is the best way to protect communities from shocks from climate and food prices.