Farmer Earns Rs 1.5 Cr/12 months With Vermicompost, Helps Others Begin Biz


Kashmir’s Anantnag district is well known for its lofty mountains with snowy peaks, candy waters of its springs and streams, whereas apple and walnut orchards have been dotting its fertile valleys for many years.

Nevertheless, indiscriminate utilization of chemical fertilisers and pesticides began degrading soil high quality and water our bodies within the area. “Whereas farmers relentlessly used chemical compounds to get extra manufacturing in much less time, it progressively destroyed our soil to an extent that it began shedding its richness,” Abdul Ahad Lone tells The Higher India.

Abdul’s household was amongst one among these farmer households till 2002 when he transformed his 40 kanal (5 acres) land into an natural farm. To attain this, the progressive farmer realized to make vermicompost – worm manure that enhances soil construction, fertility, and drainage.

With vermicompost, not solely did Abdul enhance his farmland fertility but additionally turned it into an extra supply of revenue. Right now, the farmer makes vermicompost in 1,000 beds with a each day manufacturing of 5 tonnes, incomes him a each day revenue of Rs 50,000. Final 12 months, his annual turnover was Rs 1.5 crore!

Abdul manages to sell at least 5 tonnes of vermicompost daily to local farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Abdul manages to promote no less than 5 tonnes of vermicompost each day to native farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.

Boarding the gravy practice

It was in 1996 that Abdul first heard of natural farming. On a practice journey from Mumbai to Kashmir, Abdul met an natural farmer from Sikkim who defined the long-term perils of inorganic farming. Though the practice journey got here to an finish, he launched into a brand new path to undertake natural farming in his household farm.

“I remained in contact with Swagata. Again then, there was no YouTube, so we’d focus on natural farming strategies on the landline community. In 2002, she suggested me to arrange vermicompost to get extra manufacturing from the natural farm,” he says.

“Vermicompost is wealthy in nitrates and minerals reminiscent of phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. These work as glorious natural fertilisers and improve soil high quality,” he says.

The progressive farmer went on to take a 15-day coaching from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Anantnag, to know the nitty-gritty of vermicompost making. “I used to be a curious farm boy. The coaching elevated my curiosity to implement the learnings,” he says.

Vermicompost work as excellent organic fertilisers and enhance soil quality.
Vermicompost work as glorious natural fertilisers and improve soil high quality.

Utilising uncooked supplies – cow dung, agricultural and kitchen waste – obtainable at house, Abdul started getting ready vermicompost for his natural farm. For this, he spent Rs 10,000 to determine a small shed, a pit, and tarpaulin sheets. He used natural manure and far to his expectation, Abdul received double manufacturing from his farm of apples, walnuts, paddy, greens, maize, and peaches. The manufacturing stored rising daily.

Empowering unemployed villagers with waste

Seeing his success, native farmers began frequenting Abdul’s manufacturing unit to know the advantages of vermicompost. “Progressively, they began shopping for vermicompost in small portions from me. The demand grew after they noticed good manufacturing in comparison with inorganic farming,” he provides.

Abdul felt that the vermicompost had the potential to be become a enterprise. By 2009, he scaled up the work to a industrial stage and began promoting worm manure below the label Ahad Agro Farms. Quickly after, his gross sales surged and he began getting repeat orders from native farmers.

To cater to the demand, he constructed 350 vermi beds. “I put together vermicompost utilizing the mattress methodology the place composting is completed on the kaccha ground by making beds of natural manure. Earlier, I used to arrange it in cemented pits however needed to discard this methodology because it didn’t present a secure surroundings for worms to thrive,” he says.

“Worms require optimum warmth to outlive within the harsh winter of Kashmir. There was a time when I discovered most of my worms to be useless. Nevertheless, there was one cemented pit that was kaccha in a single nook. The worms had discovered their means into the soil by means of it and survived the winter. This gave me an thought to maintain them in open beds in order that they seep into the bottom when it snows exterior and are available out in summer season,” he provides.

Annually, Abdul manufactures 36,000 bags of 50kg each.
Yearly, Abdul manufactures 36,000 baggage of 50kg every.

Abdul manages to promote no less than 5 tonnes of vermicompost each day to native farmers in Jammu and Kashmir. Along with his efforts, virtually your entire Simthan village has discarded chemical fertilisers to make use of natural manure. 

Yearly, he manufactures 36,000 baggage of 50kg every. “However there’s a big demand for vermicompost in complete Kashmir. With the present manufacturing, I’m catering to solely 10-15 villages. I’m planning to spice up manufacturing to 1 lakh baggage now,” he provides.

Utilizing his enterprise mannequin, Abdul has additionally inspired unemployed residents in his village to take up the vermicompost enterprise by giving free coaching. As of now, round 25 rural youth and 150 girls homemakers skilled by him are operating their items throughout Kashmir.

For his work, Abdul has obtained a number of national-level awards together with the Progressive Farmer and the Entrepreneur Award by the Authorities of India. 

He has additionally obtained one of the best farmer award by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sher-e-Kashmir College of Agricultural Sciences and Expertise of Kashmir (SKUAST-Okay), and recognition by the Haryana, Delhi, and Gujarat governments.

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“I’m humbled to get recognition from so many states. As a part of it, I met many ministers and governors however my actual award is to empower these homemakers and rural youth who at the moment are incomes char paise (further revenue) from what was a waste to them. Earlier, they’d get Rs 100 by promoting 50 kg of cow dung, however now they’re incomes Rs 400 by simply changing it into vermicompost. It provides me immense satisfaction after I pay them,” he provides.

Edited by Padmashree Pande. All pictures: Abdul Ahad Lone.


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