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SUCCESS STORIES


SUCCESS STORY ON INTEGRATED FARMING SYSTEM
Name of the Farmer Mr.O.Meerasha
Father nameMr.Osali
GenderMale
Complete Postal address 2/279 , Flat-A
New Masque street
Perungulam village & post
Ramanathapuram-623 523.
Contact Phone Number and E-mail ID.7200266045
Land & water assets detailsSEE BELOW
Details of Interventions made by the farmer with methodologyEstablished own IFS farm
OutcomeHis farm is taken as a model farm for IFS system.
Lessons learnt from the farmers experienceInnovative and progressive nature yields appreciable returns and recognition.



Mr.Meerasha is basically a zoology graduate interested in organic farming. He once contacted our KVK for establishment of IFS unit with animal & crop component. The constant encouragement and consultation with KVK made him to go for many innovative ideas. This led him to think about collection of cattle waste (urine and shed wash). Initially he constructed a separate cement tank of size 10X15X6 feet to collect the spent wash along with cattle urine through a pipeline linking between the shed wash outlet and the cement tank.


These collected shed wash along with cattle urine is irrigated at weekly interval to enrich the soil organic content. The entire system is motorized to pump-out the collected wash and urine using a separate filter and pipelines fitted with plastic high density hose of different length so as to cover entire cropped area. This reduces the application urea and phosphorous fertilizers which in-turn maintains the organic matter and growth of beneficial microbes in the soil.

New Technologies adopted in Farming with consulting KVK

  1. Adoption of new crop varieties/hybrids in agro-horticultural crops
  2. Adoption of recommended crop management technologies recommended by the university officials.
  3. High level of Orientation & Use of organics in crop management.
  4. Use of drip micro irrigation system (Drip & Sprinkler)
  5. Use of advanced form milking machine (Compressor & Milking unit)
  6. Use of mist unit for maintaining temperature inside the cattle shed
  7. Use of chaff cutter to reduce wastage of green fodder & grass cutter to curtail labour usage.
  8. Zero waste & zero budget concept of integrated farming

Transplanted fodder seedlings

Farmers in general plant the slips in raised rows prepared in the main field immediately once the slips are cut with buds as per recommendation of the university/ officials of the state line department. Mr.Meerasha followed the same procedure during first time when he planted the CN-4 grass slips. Due to unforeseen reasons germination in the main field was not satisfactory which led to gaps in-between the rows also resulted in poor population. In-order to curtail this gaps he started raising slips in the raised bed nursery and then transplanted the vigour germinated seedling to the main field after two weeks. This helped him to manage the mortality of fodder seedlings in germination and establishment stage. It also saved irrigation water at the germination stages and paved way for effective pest management during the establishment stage by having close supervision. Once the vigour seedlings are transplanted in the main field the management thereafter becomes easy. This proved him with good population and higher yield of quality fodder.



Spread effect on Fellow Farmers

The farm was started during June 2010 with a thatched cattle shed to accommodate 30 milch cows with a motto to produce hygienic, natural & quality fresh milk for the entire village so as to replace packet milk sold by the renowned dairy firms. The village is predominantly a musilm occupied area wherein the purchase of milk is done mostly during early morning beside the villagers expected fresh farm milk. These attributes led Mr.Meerasha to step in his own dairy farm with jersey cross breed cows, on other hand he allotted a portion of land for green fodder cultivation. The information were gradually spread over the village while casual talks. The milk produced at the initial stages were 450 lits which were pocketed in different quantity viz., 250 ml, & 500 ml according to the preference of the villagers the milk were given at door step. As days passed the farm got popularized by word of mouth due to its quality and promptness.

At later stages his success story was published in reputed agricultural magazine. This brought popularity across the district and consecutive visit by the district collectors. After the visit, the district collector himself invited Mr.Meerasha for sharing his experience to others farmers while monthly district farmers’ grievance meeting. The event was again published in daily newspaper which attracted and motivated many farmers across the district to grow fodder grass and start dairy and slatted floor goat units of similar fashion. He has been identified as a change agent by different service providers for extending trainings.

As master trainer & Change agentExposure to school children


Recognition

District collector visit & Certificate of appreciation .