Water Hyacinth is an invasive plant that farmers hate. Atleast that's the modern belief. We challenged this belief and wanted to use this pest as an ingredient in the organic cycle.
Tona, our organic farm, is producing animal feed from Water Hyacinth or Kochuripana, otherwise a plant known for its invasive 'pesky' tendency through its innovative farming practice. The rooftop gardening of this zero-priced zero-maintenance plant also is a natural cooling agent...keeping our units and room cool.... This also helps in Tona's zero waste production model since normally these plants are removed and they rot producing waste... harmful Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)... The nitrate content in this plant is actually what our cows love when mixed with other fodder.
Tona believes Organic Food should be Affordable and not marked up as they are done now so that it's not only the uber elite who can afford it... Tona is now looking for funding to grow this model to a large scale and enter the market big time and affect more poor/tribal/under-developed villages by developing such replicas across India and maybe other poorer nations.
- Udaybhanu Roy
Udaybhanu Roy is the MD and chief innovator of Bio-diverse Farming Pvt. Ltd. Over the last 20 years, he has been working extensively in merging modern organic-argo science with age old farming knowledge ingrained int he Indian civilisation. His research has yielded an innovative confluence of age-old farming methods being revived and amalgamated with modern day sustainable agro-farming.
Dr. Sonai Sengupta is the chief scientist of Bio-diverse Farming Pvt. Ltd. Over the last 20 years, she has been working in blending age-old epistemological knowledge with bio-science. Her contribution has led to the innovative TONA methodology of farming.