In this section, we present short highlights with respect to some of our projects located in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, in two parts.
Goshala and Sustainable Living Initiatives
- On the eve of Karthigai Deepam, we are happy to share that the Swami Dayananda Goshala is blessed to have a new member in its midst. The new born male calf is of Gir stock, a humped native breed from Kathiawar, Gujarat. This variety is one of the oldest found in India. We have named him Karthikeyan.
- At the Swami Dayananda Farm, the sowing process is complete for the season. Before the next set of rains and setting in of winter, we need to plan and execute effective crop protection methods. One such measure is spraying of neem Originally from South and Southeast Asia, neem was one of the earliest used botanical pest control agent by farmers.
Farmers have traditionally ground neem leaves, soaked them overnight in water, and treated the planted rice crop with the extract. We also create a five leave bio pesticide at the farm, consisting of neem, Malabar nut (adathoda), nochi, nuna (manjanathi) and crown flower (erukku). All these plants have been used to control a wide range of insect pests and plant disease organisms at the farm.