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Over 100 global experts to exchange ideas at 13th International Permaculture Convergence

The conference will bridge the gap between the small and the big farmers, and also bring to light the importance of women farmers

 
By Meenakshi Sushma
Last Updated: Friday 24 November 2017 | 12:53:29 PM
Permaculture practitioners believe that this can be a solution for sustainable farming system. Credit: Maddy Harland
Permaculture practitioners believe that this can be a solution for sustainable farming system. Credit: Maddy Harland Permaculture practitioners believe that this can be a solution for sustainable farming system. Credit: Maddy Harland

The 13th International Permaculture Convergence is all set to begin in Hyderabad from November 25. The meeting, organised every two years, will bring together permaculture practitioners from all around the world and provide a forum to share knowledge and expertise and strategise about the future of the permaculture movement. More than 100 global experts will be sharing their views at the meeting. 

Narsanna Koppula, a permaculture pioneer in India and the founder of Telangana-based Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, which is hosting the meeting, says that the conference will increase the knowledge of permaculture practices amongst farmers and other enthusiastic individuals. He feels that farmers have been diverted into modern farming systems for many years.

The knowledge of permaculture, according to him, is not new to India and it was practiced even during the Vedic period in India. As this has been part of the tradition, it would be easier for India to adapt these than other countries, says Koppula.

The conference will also bridge the gap between the small and the big farmers, and also bring to light the importance of women farmers.

Clea Chandmal, a permaculture practitioner from Goa and one of the speakers in the conference also says that the event will be a platform to spread awareness and work out problems and coming up with solutions to address the same. Debal Deb, agro-ecologist, says that permaculture is a part of the agro-ecological movement and is the only option left for the farmers to have safe and sustainable farming systems.

The permaculture practitioners believe that this can be a solution for sustainable farming system and can also address the issue of food security. As the input and maintenance cost is less, the farmers can shift to permaculture. The production of one crop could be less than the commercial farming, but permaculture is all about multi-cropping where farmers also get other crops.

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