For 45-year-old Sahebrao Jogdande of Chincholi village, moving to organic farming was a last straw of hope towards a better livelihood.
For 45-year-old Sahebrao Jogdande of Chincholi village, moving to organic farming was a last straw of hope towards a better livelihood. His one-acre land was only partially cultivable. Owing to the dependence on rainfall, Sahebrao was able to utilise his meagre resources only during the kharif season. He was compelled to work as a daily-wage labourer during the off-season. Despite this, his income was barely enough to feed his family of five.
Sahebrao was among the first few farmers to approach DHFL to set up vermicomposting on his land. He was apprehensive about the results – but nevertheless, excited about the promise of a better and more stable livelihood opportunity.
Upon installation of the vermicompost unit in his farmland, Sahebrao started growing organic tomatoes. He was also trained in production of organic manure through waste produced at his farm and home. Implementation of these best practices had a positive impact on the quality and quantity of his farm output.
The tomatoes cultivated by Sahebrao were earlier sold at INR 450/- per crate. Following DHFL’s intervention, the yield fetches him INR 700/- per crate. Also, organic tomatoes have a short cultivation span. Thus, over a short duration, Sahebrao reported a 20% increase in crop productivity with an impressive 80% decrease in input costs. Further, his income levels increased by 45% and he no longer needs to depend on a secondary income during the off-season. His respite is visible through the smile and the twinkle in his eyes as he talks about his journey.
“Had it not been for DHFL’s support and measures, I would have never acknowledged the wealth and worth of the waste in my backyard. After years of implementing non–optimal methods of cultivation, I decided to switch to vermi composting which increased the income level and decreased my input costs. Not only do I now have increased income but also an elevated self-respect and peace as a farmer.