Is Agroecological Farming a Solution for Rainfed Degraded Land?

Published in Mongabay

Oct 4, 2022

As part of Mongabay India’s ‘Conserving Agro-biodiversity’ series, our experts look into Akkadi Saalu, a traditional intercropping system in Karnataka that encourages biodiversity on the farm.

While the advantages of lower input costs in many natural farming systems are well documented, one common critique is that avoiding pesticides renders crops more vulnerable to pests. However, farmers following Akkadi Saalu view weeds favourably and pests with tolerance, instead of trying to destroy them.



Manjunatha G, Sandeep Hanchanale and Veena Srinivasan for Mongabay

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