Cattle to meet manure needs can aid farmers in distress

Baskaran, a young farmer, owns a very small patch of land of two acres. He growsgroundnut in 1.5 acres and cultivates different kinds of vegetables like snake gourds, bitter gourds and seasonal vegetables on the rest of the land.

For the last ten years, he has been cultivating the entire area using organic methods andhas inspired around 15 farmers in his villageto do the same.

He has three native cows primarily for making farmyard manure using their dung and urine. About 50% of his farm manure needs are met by this and the remaining he purchases from the local market.