Transformation of Converting Barren Land into a Cultivable Land
Kaadu Organics, founded by Arunkumar Gandhi, who supports traditional farming and the development of natural and organic food. Our mission is to provide pesticide-free food staples to retailers and customers through our certified network of farmers. We offer a wide range of organic products, including native rice, millets, dal, wood-pressed oil, jaggery products, Red Rice Puttu and Idiyappam flour, Kaadu spices, papads, and laddus made from native rice and millets.
Our organic farm emphasizes sustainability, quality, and customer satisfaction. By partnering with a network of farmers, we ensure a reliable and consistent supply of chemical-free food items. We follow rigorous standards to guarantee the purity and integrity of our products, making us a trusted source for organic food.
We started our journey in March 2016 by purchasing 9 acres of barren land. Despite facing difficulties, we were determined to restore the land and maximize its agricultural potential. Through dedicated efforts, we successfully transformed the barren land into a thriving cultivable land, fostering higher agricultural yields. Join us in experiencing the benefits of organic / natural farming and supporting sustainable agriculture at Kaadu Organic Farm.
The Barren Land:
When we first bought the land, it had been barren and uncultivated for a long time, giving us an interesting opportunity to bring life to its bareness. Knowing that restoring such a property would take careful preparation and strong dedication, we were aware of the difficulties that lay ahead.
We started our first farming Endeavour on September 23rd, 2017, by planting banana and coconut trees without any fencing in place. We made a concerted effort to ensure good watering, and we used timber trees for fencing. The water was poured by workers.
Initially, many problems were faced while planting, like land leveling and the choice of suckers. The leaf growth is not straight, and the growth is slow. The first development of the banana plants did not live up to our expectations, as expected. The soil has been depleted of vital minerals and organic matter due to the barren environment, making it less fruitful. Because there had been no recent farming, the soil lacked the helpful bacteria required for strong plant growth. Invasive and weedy plants had also overtaken the area, displacing the banana plants for nutrients and sunshine.
Faced obstacles with infrastructure such as deciding on crops, installing drips, motor room decisions, and water sump
Farming Challenges are choosing fertilization, applying fertilizers, buying and searching for external manure.
We meticulously improve land and soil to achieve agricultural excellence. Through soil testing, we address deficiencies and select suitable additions for optimal plant growth. With assistance from the organic certification department’s Mr. Narayana Moorthy, we obtained our organic certification. By incorporating organic materials like compost and farmyard manure, we enhance soil fertility and structure. We also promote a healthy soil ecosystem by introducing beneficial bacteria.
Weed and Pest Management:
We used a variety of weed management methods to fight the weed infestation. To start, manual weeding was done to get rid of the main weeds. Additionally, we used Bio-mulching strategies to keep the soil moist and inhibit weed growth. However, they are unable to mulch farther because of reptiles.
For pest control, we used integrated pest management techniques. Such as lures, Sheets, sticky traps, and solar traps. Organic Pesticides like Beauveria and Metarhizium are used for pest control.
We put in place a productive irrigation system to make sure the plants got enough water, given how important water is to agriculture. We are using a solar pump, elective bore wells, and a water sump for watering.
Several irrigation methods were used by us, including flood irrigation, drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, rain hose irrigation, and automatically operated movable valves. These methods save waste and enable accurate water application.
Flood and channel irrigation are common irrigation techniques, although they require a lot of labor and water.
Throughout the transformation process, we recognized the importance of continuous learning and adaptation. Regular monitoring and evaluation of the plants’ progress enabled us to make necessary adjustments and refine our approach. We sought expert advice, attended workshops, and joined agricultural communities to gather knowledge and exchange experiences.
Organic and Natural Manures:
At Kaadu Organics, we are committed to using only organic and natural manures. We employ various fertilizers such as Pseudomonas, Trichoderma viride, and Panchakavyam, Jeevamirtham, Fish Amino Acid, etc., to enrich the soil and provide the necessary nutrients for plant growth. These natural fertilizers promote healthy plant development and improve soil fertility without harmful chemical residues.
Our regenerated ground is now home to more than 40 varieties of trees, as well as several coconut and banana tree varieties, spice plants, and other timber species. The great variety of crops not only gives a wide selection of nutritional and delicious foods, but also assures a sustainable and balanced ecosystem. We will talk more about varieties of trees in upcoming blogs.
We develop progressively in this way. People said, “It is impossible to turn barren land into cultivable land, wasting time and money, but we take it as a challenge and succeed in farming.” It has now become a landmark under the name Vanam – A Unit of Kaadu Organics, Tirunelveli district, Vallioor.
Today, the once barren land proudly bears the fruits of our labor, inspiring us to continue exploring the potential of revitalizing neglected lands for a greener and more productive future. And Since 2016, we have owned a warehouse in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, and Kodai Farms in Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu.
Kaadu Organics is the place to go if you’re looking for healthy alternative or want to support environmentally friendly farming methods. We stand out in the market because to our dedication to natural food production and organic farming. Join us as we use our quality organic products to stand up for a healthier and more environmentally friendly future.