A meeting was organized jointly by Manas Rural Development Institute and the Aga Khan Rural Support Program. The meeting took place at the latter’s Dr. Kamla Chowdhry Community Training and Learning Center. Both institutes are dedicated to improving the quality of life of farmers.
The Aga Khan Rural Support Program mainly works on rainwater-harvesting. They help the farmers to form self-help groups and village welfare commmittees. They build water storage tanks, etc. and also work closely with farmers, mainly for water conservation. Between three and four thousand farmers attended the meeting.
Many people were sitting outside listening to the program from the loudspeakers. I explained Agnihotra and Dr Ashok translated into Gujarati. My daughter, Hendaya Haggerty performed Agnihotra. Franklin Nelson from USA and Sarvajit Paranjpe from Maheshwar, India were also present.
I was requested to go back and teach about the importance of Agnihotra and Homa for organic farming to service providers and organic farming teachers.
It was an intensive two days’ program. Dr Pathak, Dr Kshirsagar, Dr Sewale and I gave the training.