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Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture(CNFSA)

      Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (CNFSA), Annamalai University was established in February 2022 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University.

LOCATION
      The centre is located in Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai Nagar at latitude of 11°. 24́ ́N, longitude of 79˚.4 ́E and altitude of + 5.79 m.

ABOUT THE CENTER
          The Green Revolution witnessed the widespread use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals which is thought to have helped many industrialized and developing countries in maintaining food security. On the other hand, it has brought with it an excessive use of fertilizers resulting in soil health imbalance by eradicating beneficial soil microorganisms. Toxicity and residues of the agro-chemicals in farm production are the main problems faced by mankind today. Application of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and the synthetic substances over a long period resulted in poor soil fertility, human and animal health hazards, disturbed eco-system all leading to decrease in productivity and reduced fertility. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has given a dire warning that up to 40% of the planets land is already degraded, directly affecting half of the humanity. It predicts more disastrous consequences by 2050 if appropriate action is not taken. A peoples’ movement is needed for reversing the soil degradation that is fast expanding across the planet. Going forward, we need a sustainable management of soil which improves its productivity without harming “Mother Earth”. It is at this context, Natural Farming, a type of sustainable agriculture that uses inputs from natural sources, follows the laws of nature, and respects the rights of crops and livestock gains momentum. This strategy works in tandem which each farmed area's natural biodiversity, allowing the complexity of living species, both plants and animals that shape each ecosystem to survive alongside food plants. Natural farming has been followed in India for centuries but that was by default not by design. Covid has brought us the realization of how important it is to eat healthy food and build immunity. Our effort is to revive this way of agriculture which is both, eco-friendly and health-friendly.

VISION
Our vision is to:
  • Become an efficient, economically viable and environmentally sustainable model of natural farming that can be adopted by the local farming co.mmunity.
  • Conserve the Mother Soil, Water and to double the farmers income through research and technological innovations in natural farming.

MISSION
Our Mission is to:
  • Handhold the farmers by providing periodical training with practical demonstration.
  • Prepare a clear cut implementable road map for Natural Farming.
  • Enhance organic activities in agriculture, allied sectors like Horticulture and Animal Husbandry.
  • Provide on-farm and off-farm advisory services on natural and organic farming.

OBJECTIVES
  • To enhance the knowledge of farmers on improvements of soil health management, land productivity and production of quality crops.
  • To support the farmers on all stages of production to certification and marketing
  • To create awareness through print and electronic media.
  • To impart training on natural farming with value addition in both online and offline modes.
  • To facilitate the farmers visit the center to induce on-spot learning as the quote says “Seeing is believing”.
  • To develop new inputs in accordance with natural farming.

PROFILE OF THE CENTRE
DIRECTOR : Dr. R. RAMAN, Ph.D.
                    Professor of Agronomy

ASSOCIATING SCIENTISTS

    S.No.

    Department

    Staff Name

    Designation

    1.

    Agronomy

    Dr. K. Arivukkarasu

    Assistant Professor

    2.

    Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

    Dr. S. Srinivasan

    Associate Professor

    3.

    Genetics and Plant Breeding

    Dr. S. Vennila

    Assistant Professor

    4.

    Agricultural Microbiology

    Dr. P. Sivasakthivelan

    Assistant Professor

    5.

    Plant Pathology

    Dr. K. Rajamohan

    Assistant Professor

    6.

    Agricultural Entomology

    Dr. N. Muthukumaran

    Assistant Professor

    7.

    Agricultural Economics

    Dr. D. Velmuragan

    Associate Professor

    8.

    Horticulture

    Dr. M. Rajkumar

    Assistant Professor

    9.

    Horticulture

    Dr. D. Dhanasekaran

    Assistant Professor

    10.

    Agricultural Extension

    Dr. P. Ramesh

    Assistant Professor

    11.

    Animal Husbandry

    Dr. S. Kothandaraman

    Assistant Professor


ACTIVITIES

  • 84th Birthday of Iyarkai Velan Vingyani Thiru G. Nammalvar Celebration.
         84th Birthday of Iyarkai Velan Vingyani Thiru G. Nammalvar celebrated on 06.04.2022 at the Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. K.R.Sundaravaradharajan, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture Participated as the Chief Guest. All the Heads of the Departments, Staff Members, PG and Ph.D. students participated and tree saplings were distributed to the students to plant in the Campus.The program was organized byDr. R. Raman, Director, CNFSA.

  • Celebration of the 84th Birth Anniversary of IyarkaiVelanVingyaniThiruG. Nammalvar – Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, Annamalai University Special Address was given by Dr. K.R. Sundaravaradarajan, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University
  • Gram Pradhas Awareness Training were conducted for Four Districts of Tamil Nadu
    Gram Pradhas Awareness Training were conducted for four Districts of Tamil Nadu in collaboration with MANAGE. Hyderabad and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India was organized by the centre.
  • Cuddalore District program was held on 27thMay,2022
    This program was conducted on virtual mode and Cuddalore District program was organized on 27th, May 2022. Our honourable Vice-Chancellor Prof. RM. Kathiresan was the Chief Guest and delivered the inaugural address. Mr. S. Ravichandran B.Sc.(Ag.) Joint Director of Agriculture, Cuddalore District offered the felicitation. 250 Village Presidents participated through online from their respective blocks.
  • Mayiladuthurai District program was held on 28thMay, 2022
    Mr. S. Rajakumar, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Mayiladuthurai constituency was the guest of honour and delivered the inaugural address. Mr. J. Sekar M.Sc.,(Ag.), JDA Mayiladuthurai andProf. Dr.K.Kanagasabapathi offered their felicitations. 220 Village presidents participated in this awareness program.
  • Thiruvarur District Program was organized on 30thMay 2022
    Mr. A. Ravindran JDA was the chief guest and delivered the inaugural address Dr.V. Radhakrishnan, Project – Director, ICAR – KVK Needamangalam and Dr. A.Sundari, Professor of Agronomy offered their felicitation. 220 Village Presidents participated through online.
  • Thanjavur Districts program was organized on31stMay 2022
    Dr. K.R. Sundaravaradharajan, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture was the chief guest and delivered inaugural address. Dr. K. Subramanian, Director Tamil Nadu, Rice Research Institute and Dr. V. Imayavaramban, Professorand Head offered their felicitation. 325 Village Presidents were participated through online mode.

MANAGE PROGRAMME
  • CNFSA Foundation Stone Laid Programe
      CNFSA foundation stone laid by our Honourable Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University Prof. Rm. Kathiresan, Ph.D., D.Sc., andDr.V. Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on 13-06-2022.
    • ICAR – Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Ooty and Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, Annamalai University jointly organized2 DaysNational workshop cum stakeholders meets on Climate Resilient Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (Hybrid mode)
        National workshop cum stakeholders meet on Climate Resilient Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (Hybrid mode) was organized on 22nd and 23rd July conducted at Conference Hall of ICAR – IISWC, Research Centre, Udhagamandalam our honourable Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University Prof. Rm. Kathiresan was the chief guest and he delivered special address. This program was preside over by Dr. M.Madhu, Director ICAR – IISWC, Dehradan, Dr. K. Kannan, Head, ICAR – IISWC Ooty was the Convener of the Program Prof. Dr. R. Raman, Director, CNFSA and Dr. P. Raja, Principal Scientist, ICAR – IISC were the organizing Secretaries Dr. K. Rajamohan andDr. P. Sivasakthivelan were the Joint Organizing Secretaries. Around 350 stakeholders participated from four states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka) and field visit was also arranged for the offline participant to get the exposed to the recent natural farming system.
        National workshop cum Stakeholders meet on Climate Resilient Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture – Organized by ICAR-IISWC, Research Centre, Ooty and Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, Annamalai University Inaugural Function of National workshop cum Stakeholders meet on Climate Resilient Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture Chief Guest of the National Workshop Cum Stakeholders meet – Dr. R. M. Kathiresan, Vice – Chancellor, Annamalai University through hybrid mode Team of National Workshop Cum Stakeholders Meet on Climate Resilient Natural Farming for Sustainable Agriculture

        Director

        Dr.R. RAMAN

        PROFESSOR of AGRONOMY & DIRECTOR in Centre for Natural Farming and Sustainable Agriculture
        Department of AGRONOMY
        E-Mail : ramanagron@gmail.com
        Mobile :9842438850