Best Agr film National award for showing bad effect of fertilizer

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) 'Jaivik Kheti', a film showing bad effects of excess use of chemical fertilizer, has bagged two awards at this year's National Film awards including the 'Best Agriculture Film' award.

The film also fetched for its director Mrunalini Ravindra Bhonsale the National film award for Best Director.

Produced by Agro India, Pune-based agro information company, 'Jaivik Kheti' got for its producers Ravindra Bhonsale and Ms Mrunalini Bhonsale the National award for 'Best Agriculture Film'.

'Jaivik Kheti' shows bad effect of excess use of chemical fertilizer and water. It also shows various ways of following organic agriculture.

According to the producers of the film,''Jaivik Kheti shows the entire process of vermicomposting - use of compost fertilizers, mulching, green manuring, use of biological pest control, use of cowdung and neem pesticides.

For a normal farmer, the film, available in Marathi, Gujarati, English and Hindi, also displays different ways of understanding his soil.

Based in Pune, the producers of the film - Ravindra Bhonsale and Mrunalini Bhonsale- have, along with their family, been working in the field of agriculture information for the last 39 years. After doing a short course from the Film and Television Institute at Pune, Mrunalini started directing and producing video films from 2005.

The 54th National Film awards are to be presented by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony in the Capital on September 2.

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