For me agriculture is not just a profession, but a 24/7 way of life that I cherish and my identity. Back in 2048 I was opportune to be a part of organic agriculture training. I came to know different hazardous effect of insecticides and pesticides that we consume through the food. After that very training there was this urge in me to find a way that avoids artificial chemicals in agriculture practice. I came to know that permaculture is the only way-out to suffice our food demand taking care of preserving the natural qualities. After years of practice, I started giving trainings to people and agro-groups. I also established a home stay to facilitate people who came here for more than a day to take part in the extended trainings. We had snakes captive for anti-venom purpose which was authorized from the government of Nepal but now it’s illegal and we had to halt. To tell you a secret, I have preserved thirteen dead snakes with the help of preservatives. Somehow, it has proved helpful for research. People come here to identify its habitat, behavior and know its importance to our livelihood. Through my exploration, I also found the importance of snake mention in VEDAS and science. You know babu (son), there are so many casualties from snake bites, everyday, here in Chitwan. And, because of lack of anti-venom they do not get treated and lose their lives. We also had initiated a campaign of motorcycle volunteers regarding the same issue. Through this campaign we acquired volunteers from different villages who would take victims to the nearby hospital for immediate treatment of snake bite. I also have conserved eighty-six landraces of rice, just to maintain their progeny. I grow them every year separately and store it in my seed bank. I plan to extend it up-to hundred and handover to someone who can take care of all this wisely.
(Chandra Prashad Adhikari, 58, Shreepur, Chitwan)
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