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Is permaculture a real solution to agricultural distress?
At first glance, the farm resembles a hurriedly laid out landscape where unintended vegetation and overgrowth have set in following a long neglect. Located in Telangana's Pastapur village, the farm has stretches of bushes interspersed with trees of custard apple, passion fruit, teak, almond, gooseberry, moringa, and so on; the tree trunks tightly embraced by twisted vines and branches adorned with beehives and fruits. Poultry birds play on a bullock cart as rabbits peep through fronds of the thick undergrowth. At places, safflower, mustard, lentils, flaxseed, onions, and tomatoes grow in smaller patches in perfect harmony with weeds. In one corner, a few tree stumps are being fed on by termites. But Narsanna Koppula, who runs the farm, says an order underlies this randomness, and that's the order of permaculture.