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Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), based in Wada, Maharashtra, under the leadership of President Sanatkumar Das, succeeded in developing a 4-acre sloping wasteland into cultivable land through application of specific farming techniques and using waste water. The project started in 2003 and by 2012, GEV was producing varieties of vegetables, fruits and pulses enough to meet the in-house consumption, purely through organic farming.
At 3 m above ground level, the land had lost the entire layer of topsoil. GEV adopted the raised bed technique to restore the productivity of the land and planted different types of grass to control soil erosion. For soil development they used biomass and vermicomposting.
The innovative project has received several national and international recognitions.