Thanks to her passion to imbibe the best practices based on climate, resources, location, and topography, the land that once lay dry and sandy with no earthworms, bees, and butterflies is now rich and fertile.
By Jovita Aranha
The Better India
April 4, 2019
“While most farmers preserve milch varieties, we preserve all three–milch, dwarf and draught cattle. We do pure breeding of indigenous cattle at the farm because many of them are endangered. Of the few 100 Vechur cows left in India, we have 11. We have a zero-dairy policy. And after observing how they are exploited in the factory culture many farms, we want to bring animals back to the farm.”
Under their project Dung Ho!, Aparna and her team use cattle dung to make gobar pots, gobar logs, vermicompost, organic fertilisers (gobar khad, jeevamrutham, panchagavya), pest repellents (bramhastra, agnihastra), and dhoop.
At a time where mechanisation in agriculture is taking over with diesel-guzzling tractors and high-end machinery, she adds how indigenous bull power drives the farm.
“On our farm, the bulls save us, we don’t save them. They pull the carts and run the sugarcane, grain and oil chakkis. They plough our land and help water the fields too.”