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What better way to increase awareness about farming and agriculture than to teach people grow food in their own home?
Gardening is all where it began….
Besides the hobby part of it, what gardening does is, it brings people closer to nature. The more they observe plants, the more they understand.
When people start growing food at home, may it be herbs or veges, they become aware of what a farmer is putting in. What goes into farming and how little are the farmers paid for their blood and sweat.
Its one thing for me to go out there and say “you should pay more for food produce” and its altogether different when people realize for themselves, how underpaid farmers are!
With these ideologies in place, we are here to make our contribution in field of agriculture and on agricultural fields!! 😉 😉
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The last of the problems we decided to tackle, was the marketability.
Its one of the most serious problems farmers are facing these days. its not just about reaching out to the buyers but also about fetching the right price.
There are many agro ventures coming up in this area, who facilitate better transactions between farmers and customers/retailers. Thereby avoiding middlemen and costs.
With better logistics comes reduction in wastage, thereby further reducing the cost and increasing the sales.
These initiatives are great. But we need more. Much more. We need to create awareness about food prices. There has to be a conscious effort on our part to increase the cost of food items.
That brings us to our awareness drives…. how do we make people aware about food production and the effort that goes onto it?
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We are setting up a dairy unit.
The waste from cowshed (cow dung and urine) becomes input for the Biogas plant.
The Biogas plant in turn produces – electricity, fuel and slurry.
The electricity generated is used for running the cowshed efficiently along with all the dairy machinery & equipment. The fuel is used for cooking. The slurry, which is the finest form of manure, is directed to the fields.
All food and fodder crops receive this excellent manure thus providing organic and clean produce.
The food crops will used for seeds, and fodder for the cattle while the surplus of food crops is sold. Thus, we follow a self-sufficient and sustainable model with zero external inputs.
Sale of milk helps us cover all other dairy costs like maintenance of the cowshed, labour, and veterinary care for the cattle.
Now lets come down to the financial part.
To make agriculture project financially sound, we need two things –
- Reduction in the cost of Input
- More income from sales
- Mitigation of losses
Lets discuss reduction in the cost of input –
The major input costs in farm are – seeds, manure & labour. We decided to bring down the cost one by one. As discussed in this post, our cost of manure is almost zero. We will try and use seeds from our own farm starting from year 2. We already discussed bringing down cost of labour in this post.
What does that leave us with?
Input cost for dairy – mainly cattle-feed. We decided to grow fodder crops for the cattle.
So all we had to do was strategize.
So now that we had decided to have cows, we were looking to optimize the yield, and we came across the concept on Biogas plant.
What is a biogas?
Biogas refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. Biogas is a renewable energy source.
In our case – we have decided to use cattle waste and agricultural waste.
What is Biogas plant?
A biogas plant is the name often given to an anaerobic digester that treats farm wastes or energy crops. It can be produced using anaerobic digesters (air-tight tanks with different configurations). During the process, the micro-organisms transform biomass waste into biogas (mainly methane and carbon dioxide) and digestate.
Why is it useful?
Biogas can be used for electricity production, for cooking, heating, etc
In addition to this, the slurry that is generated, is a very fine manure and can be directly (or after processing) applied to farms.