Sutlej run wild

Sutlej run wild

For weeks, heavy rainfall in the Himalayas had caused rivers to swell to such an extent that dams overflowed and threatened to break. The authorities had to open the floodgates, resulting in flooding of the lower reaches of the river. Many were left homeless, much of the crop was destroyed and seeds were lost. Where there was no dense plant cover, the stream took large amounts of soil with it. Tree-covered field margins, bushes and intercrops could clearly demonstrate their importance in erosion control.

Photo: View of the riverbed of the nearby river Sutlej.

Water Tank renovated

Water Tank renovated

Kirpal Sagar has its own water tower since 1986. The last weeks it has been renovated and is now freshly painted. Below the water basin is the pump room and the electrical workshop. The large pump, which pumps water from a depth of 80 metres, has recently been largely powered by solar power. Last but not least, the water tower offers a good panoramic view of the entire area.

Photo: Water tower

Rich vegetable Harvest

Rich vegetable Harvest

After some trials last year, a larger area was cultivated with eggplants this year. Next door are experimental fields where different types of mixed crops are cultivated in a concept reminiscent of a raised bed. The moisture-loving plants are at the bottom of the gutter, the dry ones at the top. Fruit trees and bushes border the plot, provide shade, hold the moisture. Well selected plant communities cover the soil at all times and protect it from erosion by wind and water. The high manual workload is more than compensated for by a large harvest of high quality. We are curious to see which plant communities prove to be particularly suitable.

Photo: Horticulturalists harvesting eggplants

Agricultural Trade Fair

Agricultural Trade Fair

In Kirpal Sagar, a trade fair with a series of lectures on the subject of sustainable agriculture took place in November, one highlight being the presentation by a top-class speaker from Austria who presented sustainable dairy farming.

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At home he runs an organic farm with a cheese dairy and has access to a broad network. For years, he has accompanied and supported the farm in Kirpal Sagar in the introduction of organic farming methods and in soil development through composting.
The lecture on organic cultivation of medicinal plants, vegetables and spices by a proven expert from Germany visibly stimulated the audience and in the course of the event encouraged an intensive exchange, a real enrichment for the event. In addition to many valuable, easy-to-understand tips on the basics, the focus was on practical steps such as soil cultivation, water-saving cultivation methods, crop rotation.Kirpal Sagars Agriculture includes dairy farming, horticulture and, to a lesser extent, forestry activities in addition to arable farming. In his opening speech, Chairman Karamjit Singh Virk, himself active in various agricultural aspects, addressed the underlying concept of the development of a sustainable way of doing business. The main purpose of the fair was to provide a forum for exchange, practical, focused on farmers in the region, an exchange forum for knowledge and experience. At the stands one could get more detailed information and inspect the products. A horticultural company was represented with organic vegetable seedlings and trees. Much knowledge and experience was shared, intensive technical discussions with the farmers enriched the meeting, a Workshop in the actual literal sense thus. Planning for next year is already underway. [/learn_more]