Intro: Natural Farming and Organic products are becoming popular at a fast pace in Mysore, thanks to R. Swamy Anand, State Convener of Karnataka State Natural Farming Movement and a resident of Jayalakshmipuram in City, who has made this happen by his sheer dedication, determination, consumer awareness programmes, workshops & seminars on Natural Farming and through his Green Shop ‘Hasiru.’ Originally from H.D. Kote taluk, Swamy moved to Mysore to pursue his Master's degree. When Swamy was pursuing his Master's, he had written an article on Taraka Dam and sent it to 'Lankesh Pathrike.' The editor of 'Lankesh Pathrike' was so impressed by the article that he not only published it but also appointed Swamy Anand as a journalist for 'Lankesh Pathrike' where Swamy Anand worked for 15 years. Swamy Anand has also written a book in Kannada on Natural Farming.The book was awarded Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award in the year 2005 and nearly 65,000 copies of the book were sold. Swamy Anand is married to L. Geetha an
d the couple have three children. SOM spoke to Swamy Anand about his experience with Natural farming, Organic farming , Organic products and his shop Hasiru. Excerpts...
By Arafat Ahmed Aizaz
SOM: You were a Journalist. What made you take up Natural and Organic Farming as a profession?
Swamy Anand: I worked as a Journalist because of my writing skills. But I had more interest in Agriculture as my great grandfather, grandfather and father were all farmers. I knew what hardships farmers face and hence wanted to do something better for the farming fraternity. Farmers work hard but they do not know how to market their products in a better way. So I started ‘Hasiru’ to help farmers to market their products and to get them better price for their products. One more reason is “I love the traditional agriculture system – Natural Farming.”
SOM: How does your shop ‘Hasiru’ help farmers in getting better price?
Swamy Anand: I started ‘Hasiru’ in...more