On March 18, 2019, over 20,000 farmers from different districts of Punjab gathered at the Sports Stadium in Jalalabad for “Punjab de Kisaana da Sammelan” with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Cmde. Harsha, Chairman, VVKI; Padmashri Puranchand Wadali; and Punjabi singer, Debi Makhsoospuri; were among the dignitaries present. The focus of the meet was to encourage farmers to adopt natural farming techniques in order to restore the fertility of the soil and restore the health of the people and also to save the youth of Punjab from the clutches of drugs.
Launching “Sona Moti,” a 2000-year-old variety of wheat, Gurudev shared, “When I had come to this area about 15 years back, a farmer told me “Gurudev, I have been preserving this indigenous seed.” I encouraged him to continue this noble task. It is our duty to preserve indigenous seeds. SSIAST sent this seed to be researched in our laboratories. Tests revealed it has 12% folic acid. BP, stroke, heart attack, are all linked to deficiency of folic acid. This is naturally present in this wheat. The soil of Punjab should give the world this miraculous wheat by which health will be preserved and diseases can be prevented.”
Talking to the farmers about the advantages of natural farming, Gurudev said, “To get a good crop, we use different types of chemicals/fertilizers. This gives us a few good crops initially but then the soil becomes poisonous. A good crop may be reaped