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

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

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 regularly destroyed our soil to an extent that it began dropping its richness,” Abdul Ahad Lone tells The Higher India.

Abdul’s household was amongst one in every of these farmer households till 2002 when he transformed his 40 kanal (5 acres) land into an natural farm. To realize 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 earnings. At the moment, the farmer makes vermicompost in 1,000 beds with a day by day manufacturing of 5 tonnes, incomes him a day by day earnings of Rs 50,000. Final yr, 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 a minimum of 5 tonnes of vermicompost day by 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 equivalent to 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 grasp 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 making 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 bought 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 grasp the advantages of vermicompost. “Step by step, they began shopping for vermicompost in small portions from me. The demand grew once they noticed good manufacturing in comparison with inorganic farming,” he provides.

Abdul felt that the vermicompost had the potential to be changed into a enterprise. By 2009, he scaled up the work to a industrial stage and began promoting worm manure underneath 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 outdoors and are available out in summer time,” he provides.

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

Abdul manages to promote a minimum of 5 tonnes of vermicompost day by day to native farmers in Jammu and Kashmir. Along with his efforts, nearly your entire Simthan village has discarded chemical fertilisers to make use of natural manure. 

Yearly, he manufactures 36,000 luggage of 50kg every. “However there’s a enormous 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 luggage 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 educated by him are working their models throughout Kashmir.

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

He has additionally acquired the very best farmer award by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sher-e-Kashmir College of Agricultural Sciences and Know-how of Kashmir (SKUAST-Ok), 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 are actually incomes char paise (further earnings) 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 images: Abdul Ahad Lone.



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