Strengthening Dairy Farming and Sustainable Agriculture through Knowledge-Sharing and Collaborative Initiatives
Dairy farming plays a vital role as a source of livelihood in desert regions. It holds significant importance in generating income for the local communities. The desert environment may pose various challenges for agriculture, but dairy farming proves to be a sustainable and profitable venture in these arid areas.
In addition to its economic importance, dairying in the desert also has social and cultural significance. It is deeply ingrained in the traditions and lifestyle of the desert-dwelling communities, with milk and dairy products being an integral part of their daily diet and various celebrations.
However, the challenges of desert dairying should not be underestimated, especially considering the considerable distance between hamlets in these areas. This geographical barrier takes a toll on the logistics involved in managing dairy operations.
Establishing of 6 new IMCs
To address this challenge, we have taken proactive measures by establishing six new Instant Milk Chilling Centres (IMCs) with the support of the SELCO Foundation. These centres will be managed by dedicated community members. This decentralised approach aims to improve the efficiency of milk collection, processing, and distribution, ensuring that dairy farming remains a sustainable and viable source of livelihood for the desert communities.
By setting up these IMCs, the challenge of long distances between hamlets is addressed. The IMCs act as local collection points, significantly reducing transportation time and costs additionally enhancing efficiency.
Kisan Chaupal with KVK
URMUL Seemant Samiti co-hosted the Kisan Chaupal in collaboration with the Kisan Vigyan Kendra of Swami Keshvanand University and Rajasthan Agricultural University organised an event at URMUL Seemant Samiti in Bajju, Rajasthan on May 10th. The event aimed to provide farmers with valuable insights and information, focusing on the benefits of the Din Dayal model of biogas as a sustainable energy source. Expert speakers discussed renewable energy, cost savings, organic fertiliser production, and waste management. The event also highlighted the advantages of rainwater harvesting and water management techniques, helping farmers conserve water, cope with droughts, and improve crop yields.
Kisan Baithaks in the field
We have been actively organising Kisan Baithak in the field, and their impact on desert communities cannot be overstated. These gatherings provide a vital platform for farmers and community members to come together and discuss crucial topics related to agriculture, specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by desert communities. By addressing issues such as agriculture, milk production, cattle feed, manure management, and increasing green fodder production, Kisan Baithak offers valuable insights and practical knowledge to farmers in desert regions.
These discussions focus on sustainable farming practices that are adapted to arid environments, maximising yield while conserving water and minimising the impact on the delicate desert ecosystem.