We rely heavily on the outputs of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry produce for our nutritional needs. Unfortunately with the shifting from FYM and traditionally practiced integrated pest management systems to hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers and inorganic chemicals (pesticides and insecticides) in the quest of higher yields we have heavily compromised on the Purity and Quality aspects.
Cost of inputs in the agriculture and horticulture sphere has also gone up manifold, leaving these sectors unprofitable. Eventually, with repeated use of synthetic and inorganic chemicals, not only the land got degraded but decreasing and polluting water table adds another dimension to ever growing problem. In addition the chemicals, that has penetrated the food chain has given rise to newer diseases and deformities including cancers.
This has not only pushed farmers, villagers more towards the unending traps of poverty but cost of countering diseases and deformities have made things worse for the families. Most of them have preferred migrating to nearby cities, urban areas in search of petty jobs, mostly in unorganized sector. “Satya K Gaushala” at DDF is a miniscule endeavor to bring to an end the trend through its “Back to the Roots” approach. It’s about nurturing roots with farm manure instead of chemicals. It’s about going back to traditional practices with the support of wise technological and scientific support. It’s about conserving dying wisdom, decreasing the cost of inputs without compromising on the outputs. It’s about organic produce; It’s about “DESI” with Swag.
At DDF’s Satya Gau Shala, cow dung would be collected and will be used for making vermicompost. This will be used as fertilizer.
In addition, the slurry – output from the gobar gas plant, too would be used as fertilizer to grow not only green fodder for the cows but also for vegetable and other crops in the nearby fields.
In this way entire fields in Saiklebari and nearby villages will have good quality FYM for various crops.