Ladakhi agriculture is primarily subsistent in nature but unique and representative of the Tibetan plateau farming system. Until recently, Ladakhis grew and consumed their own grains, cereals and vegetables, prepared their own manure, seeds and other agricultural inputs, reared their own animals and prepared their own farms in an integrated and balanced manner as a response to Ladakh’s agro climatic conditions.
However, low cropping intensity, less productivity and a short agriculture season has resulted in the dependence of its growing population on import of food grains, vegetables and spices. Besides, as Ladakh opens to the world, its traditional agricultural system and crops face severe disruptions. Agriculture has now taken a back seat to the rapid growth of tourism in the region. Nonetheless, there is a huge potential for agriculture in Ladakh, despite its high altitude and arid climate. Ladakh grows niche crops, both agricultural and horticultural, which with an appropriate value added and proper marketing can herald a green revolution of its own sort in this region. Focusing on vegetable production in winters and using cost effective technologies, so as to tap the local market in the prolonged winter season can prove to be very beneficial to local farmers.
We at Ladakh Ecological Development group promotes self sustainability, and with the help of local self help groups of ladakhi villages bring apricots and process at our agriculture section which is accredited by FCCI .
We at Ladakh Ecological Development group also promotes Organic farming, and we organize workshops and trainings in the villages on best practices of organic farming
Ladakh Ecological Development Group has also built a polycarbonate green house at shanti campus for demonstration purposes, and this green house has modern climate control system installed developed by LEDeG, and also has drip irrigation system
Ladakh Ecological Development Group. also developed a automatic hydroponic system with the interns from sweden (Future Earth Network)
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