A woman farmer’s switch to organic farming methods

It was an acid test for Bagyavathi, a woman farmer in Karikalampakkam, when the paddy yield dropped in the first two years of her taking up organic farming. “It was seen as a risk at that time, but I believed that something good would come of it,” said the farmer, who gave up the use of chemical agents when she took to organic methods on a three-acre farmland in 2014.