Traceability for Code: NBF1122334455IN

Project
Ramnagar ICS

Nature Bio Foods’ farmers in Ramnagar cultivate a diverse array of organic and sustainably grown crops like Basmati, Soybean, Amaranth, Finger Millet, Chilli and more

TRACEABILITY CODE: NBF1122334455IN

This Batch Of Crop Is Procured From Our Ramnagar Project (ICS) From Uttarakhand, India

A small town located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India, Ramnagar is known as the ‘Gateway to Corbett’ in honour of its close proximity to Jim Corbett National Park, the home of India’s premier tiger conservation initiative, Project Tiger. A topographically diverse region, it comprises plains, foothills and dense forests.

History of the Area

Ethnic Details of the area

Culture of the Area

An otherwise ordinary town, Ramnagar’s claim to fame is the Jim Corbett National Park. Established in 1936 by British hunter, tracker and naturalist Jim Corbett, it was originally named The Hailey National Park but later renamed to honour the hunter. 

Predominantly inhabited by people from the Kumaoni community, the residents of Ramnagar practice diverse religions like Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, etc. Named for the Hindu deity Lord Rama, the name of the town is testament to its deeply religious population.



While a lot of locals have devoted their lives to the Jim Corbett National park, working within the forest and at the surrounding hotels, farming remains the most popular occupation among Ramnagar’s habitants. Passionate about their cultural roots, locals celebrate traditional festivals and uphold the values passed down from their ancestors. 

About the project

About Ramnagar

Conditions That Make Crops Grown In Ramnagar Special

  • Soil – While the soil here is acidic, friable and susceptible to erosion, it is fertile owing to the local farmers’ aversion to the usage of chemicals. The soil here has developed due to the effect of the area’s cool and moist climate on granite, schist, gneiss, limestone, phyllites, shales, slate, sand stone etc.
  • Climate – Ramnagar’s climate is temperate with distinct seasonal variations. While the winter months can see near freezing temperatures, summers are warm with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 38°C. With mean annual rainfall of 1606 mm, the major source of precipitation is the southwestern monsoons that hit Ramnagar from July to September. 
  • Farm water – Most agricultural activities in the area are rainfed. As Ramnagar experiences an erratic rainfall pattern in pockets, there are seasonal water streams and sub channels, known as Gools, to supply all the farms with adequate water. 

Project Ramnagar’s two crop cycles

Project Ramnagar has 2 crop cycles, Kharif in the Monsoons and Rabi  in the Winters.

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Basmati

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Soybean

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Amaranth

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Finger Millet

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Chilli

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Chickpea

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Wheat

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Lentil

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Onion

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Pea

Ramnagar's Crops, A Taste Like No Other

While Ramnagar’s organic farmers grow a wide variety of crops, their dependency on the monsoons make Millets the most popularly grown crops, followed by Aromatic Rice and Soybean.

Basmati – Ramnagar’s rice fields give forth two types of Basmati, Type 3 and HBC 19 (traditional). Both varieties are aromatics, a fact easily distinguishable by the fragrance their fields produce right from the nursery stage till they are harvested. They have an extremely silky texture and release a strong aroma when cooked. 

Close up beautiful nature green rice plant with yellow stalk ripe ear of rice in paddy field, Time to harvest on cereal farm and agriculture in Thailand
Close up beautiful nature green rice plant with yellow stalk ripe ear of rice in paddy field, Time to harvest on cereal farm and agriculture in Thailand

Soybean – Our organic farmers cultivate the finest VL and black soybeans, among other local varieties.

Lentils – The indigineos small back lentils grown in Ramnagar have a viscous soft texture when cooked. Inherently flavourful, they don’t have to be strongly spiced to be enjoyed.

Close up beautiful nature green rice plant with yellow stalk ripe ear of rice in paddy field, Time to harvest on cereal farm and agriculture in Thailand
Close up beautiful nature green rice plant with yellow stalk ripe ear of rice in paddy field, Time to harvest on cereal farm and agriculture in Thailand

Amaranth – The amaranth grown here is unique to the region. While on the smaller side, they puff up significantly when cooked.

Meet Ramnagar’s Farmers

More than 80 per cent of the farm holdings are less than 2 hectares and many of them still less than a hectare of category small and marginal holdings. The farming is done collectively and commonly called the “Palta” system, where all members of the helmet do Paddy Transplanting in the farm and then next and so on. They are dependent on natural resources and farming in the hills is done mostly by the animals. The farms being remotely located are largely untouched by the chemical inputs. Farmers here have developed local bioformulations to combat the diseases and pest that harm crops. All the crops grown in the area are nutritious and flavourful.

Life In Ramnagar

People value social relations. Caste hierarchical system prevails. Chholiya is a native dance form done by men in colorful attire and swords. Special festivals for trees and crops are celebrated, namely “Harela”. Other festivals like Vat Savitri, rituals like “Pipal Pani ” are some wherein trees are worshiped. 

How NBF Drives Ramnagar’s Organic Production

Productivity under organic production at par with the conventional production. It is well maintained with Green Manuring, application of fortified compost and Biofertilisers. Income increased by 25-35%. 

 

  • Sharing organic methodologies on Plant Nutrition, Pest and Disease Management Residue Compliances Pre and Post harvest management. 
  • Imparting knowledge on Social, Ecological and Economical (S.E.E.) development.  
  • Encouraging and enabling the use of bio inputs like Trichoderma, Pseudomonas, Neem Oil, Azotobacter, Beuvaria bassiana, Verticillum, VAM 
  • Providing inputs like Zinc, Pheromone Traps, Potassium Silicate, Fulvic acid. 

Our Farm to Fork Supply Chain

Supply non-GMO seeds
Monitor rice transplanting
Apply only herbal insecticides
Manual crop harvesting, threshing, drying
Secure packaging, labelling
Clean transportation system

NBF's work with the farmers

A Collaborative Effort 

To ensure all crops cultivated uphold our promise of sustainably grown organic produce Nature Bio Foods supplements the farmers’ unique understand of the land with mentoring and support via – 

  • Procurement and supply of non-GMO seeds.
  • Sharing technical guidance on organic farming via videos and messages
  • Accelerating social development via fair trade premium 
  • Soil sampling and testing 
  • Establishing facilities like vermi compost unit
  • Doorstep pickup of crops

How NBF Leads the Organic Movement

Productivity under organic production at par with the conventional production. It is well maintained with Green Manuring, application of fortified compost and Biofertilisers. Income increased by 25-35%. 

 

  • Sharing organic methodologies on Plant Nutrition, Pest and Disease Management Residue Compliances Pre and Post harvest management. 
  • Imparting knowledge on Social, Ecological and Economical (S.E.E.) development.  
  • Encouraging and enabling the use of bio inputs like Trichoderma, Pseudomonas, Neem Oil, Azotobacter, Beuvaria bassiana, Verticillum, VAM 
  • Providing inputs like Zinc, Pheromone Traps, Potassium Silicate, Fulvic acid. 

Nature Bio Food’s journey in Jammu began in 2009 with 400 farmers and 555 hectares of land. By 2018, we had officially welcomed over 5000 farmers to our organic farming movement. it's a number that grows everyday.

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