The Himalayan Eco Horticulture Society (Ecohorts) is dedicated to save the eco system and livelihood of millions of lives who depend on the fragile eco-system of the hills. The continued effects of climate change, pesticide abuse and unscientific farm practices have lead us very close to disaster. Our eco system is showing signs of breakdown and the symptoms are:
a. Frequent crop failures b. Significant reduction in per unit farm output c. Receding snow line -large areas of lower altitude apple farmers are completely out of business. d. Unemployment.
We offer the following services free of charge through a base of volunteer consultants.
Program is aimed at reaching out to the rural farming communities and practicing/ potential Agro-entrepreneurs in the region by arranging field camps, seminar and knowledge transfer sessions. Click here for details.
Is a online journal cum discussion board. Our consultants post journals on the Blog with an aim to reach out to a larger audience of farmers, eco-horticulture enthusiasts and scientists. Everyone can leave their questions and comments and kick off a discussion. We encourage farmers to send us their experiences and we will Blog them. Click here to get started.
Is a service that our farmers can avail by sending us their queries regarding nutrition, farm management, post harvest technology, Agro-economics, latest trends etc.
Consulting services for Agro-Entrepreneurs: We can arrange free technical support from our volunteer experts to improve your management practices and technical processes.
Farmer to Farmer exchange programs are a proven medium for successful transfer of ecological farm practices. The aim is to exchange ideas and experiences in large groups that leads to opening of new communication channels and initiates ongoing interaction between like minded farmers.
Consulting services for eco-horticulture is aimed at farmers who want to make a gradual move to eco-friendly farm practices. We have engaged a full time and many part time volunteer agri- scientists who can attend to your needs at a reasonable notice and visit your farm. In addition we arrange visits to successful orchards and farms where eco-friendly farm practices have been successfully implemented.
Community awareness programs/seminars - We engage in initiatives to improve awareness in our farming communities towards ecological farming practices, minimizing the use of chemicals/ pesticides and encouraging natural predators. We have successfully adopted "global best practices" in eco-farming by inviting farmers & experts from leading European countries to demonstrate latest and viable trends in temperate farming.
Influencing public policy (representations/delegations) We engage actively with policy makers, local bodies, procurement agencies and pesticide suppliers to influence public policy. Farming communities are encouraged to participate in delegations and representations to Ministry of Horticulture, Horticulture/Agricultural research institutions and Directorate of Horticulture to voice the concerns and needs. Regular engagements with the media helps us in communicating and building public opinion thus influencing the establishment in adopting best possible farm solutions.
Organic farm nutrition management planning is an integral part of farming. Our farming practices should optimise the value driven from the nutritional components and effects on our eco-system. We can assist you in getting ahead of this game and keep you informed of the best practices. Contact us for a farm visit and we can access the nutrient levels, soil type and recommend a tailor made solution for your site.
Panghumas Orchards Shimla Hills, Nandpur, H.P. INDIA PIN -171206 email firstname.lastname@example.org