On Jan 1, 2019
It’s time for Nepal to adapt to organic farming
Following in the furrows of his father and grandfather, Japanese national Shinzo Tanabe, 47, has been working in organic farming for 24 years now. Tanabe initially had no idea how beneficial organic produce could be for the consumer’s health, but once he started farming, he learned how pesticides and certain kinds of fertilisers can do more harm than good. Tanabe started out with 16 ropanis of land in Hiroshima, Japan where his family had long been growing organic vegetables. He eventually expanded that with 60 more ropanis from his neighbourhood on lease, which he currently uses for paddy farming. His organic farming practices have since brought him global recognition and Tanabe-san is often invited as a speaker for various programmes organised by local farmer groups where he shares his experiences and expertise. During a visit to Chautara, Sindhupalchowk to interact with local farmers and share the importance of organic farming, Tanabe spoke to the Post’s Bibhu Luitel about the Tanabe farm and impressions he’s taking back from the Nepali agriculture scene.
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