AASAI Gir Cow Milk

AASAI Gir Cow Milk

Started as a Social project by an organization called AASAI, to provide Indian Breed Gir cows to people who have experience caring for cows, so they will not have the capital expense, but are able to provide the care, nurturing, and homely atmosphere these cows need.

gir-5An other important creative aspect of this project is that a provident fund has been setup for the cows. A portion of the milk profit goes to this fund, so that the cows will be taken care of beyond their milking years by their own earnings.

Another portion of the milk profits is used to support two social Gir-1causes, one is a home for about 100 mentally challenged children and the other in an old age home for the financially challenged.

The milk of the Gir cow is 100% A2 milk. The A2 milk protein is much more easily digested by the body and is very good for health. The Gir cow only yields 6-10 liters of milk per day as opposed to the 30liters plus the hybrid verities can yield.

gir-6Further, the Indian breed cow’s urine, cow dung, milk, curds and ghee are used in the preparation of Panchagavya. This concoction when allowed to ferment becomes a potent natural fertilizer and pesticide and is of huge benefit to the farmer practicing Organic farming.

Team DhatuOrganics visited the two farms that 4 each of the Gir cows call home. It was indeed a joy to watch them roam free like wild beasts among natural settings, nuzzle and
care of their calves, and eat fruit and jaggery out of our hands. The farmers report that they are very soft and gentle creatures despite their huge size and form a deep bond with their care takers.

They are fed pure organic feed and treated using tranditional ayurvedic methods. gir-7Absolutely no growth hormones or antibioticsare used. Further the milk is packed fresh immediately after milking – unpasteurized and unhomogenized (so please boil the milk immediately after taking it home and store below 4 degree centigrade).

Limited quantity of this pure Gir cow milk is available at Dhatu Organics and Naturalsstores in Mysore. Please call to make reservations or walk in to pick It up on a first come first served basis.
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Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) come into being by Subhash Palekar, an agricultural scientist who promotes and actively educates farmers in natural farming techniques, ZBNF involves methods that require no cost input from the farmer’s side in terms of pesticides, fertilizers or even irrigation. Natural methods are used to retain and improve soil health, control pests, and increase yields. A farmer will also be able to produce his own seed, and natural fertilizers are created using cow dung, cow urine and other materials. According to Mr. Palekar, one native cow is all one needs to take up this method of farming on thirty acres of land.

palekarMr. Palekar hails from the state of Maharashtra and is fondly called the “Krishi ka Rishi” or the farmer’s sage! He has trained over 4 million farmers in the last two decades on these sustainable, eco-friendly farming techniques. He was honoured with the Bharat Krishi Ratna award and the Basava Shri, which includes the Dalai Lama and Anna Hazare among its recipients.

How ZBNF Works                                                       

Based on his experience with both natural and chemical farming techniques and his observation of nature, Mr. Palekar designed the following principles of ZBNF:

  • Beejamrita, the treatment of seeds, seedlings or any planting material with a natural concoction to protect the crop from harmful soil borne and seed borne pathogens during the initial stages of growth.
  • Jeevamrita, which is introduced once a fortnight into the farm to promote biological activity in the soil and make nutrients available to the crop.
  • Mulching with organic residues to reduce tillage, suppress weeds, promote humus formation and enhance the soil’s water-holding capacity.
  • Mixed cropping and cultivation of diverse species of crops depending on site-specific agro-climatic conditions, to buffer against total failure of a single crop and widen the income source of farmers.

Organic Farming

Organic Farming
Before the Green Revolution, just over 50 years ago, all farming was “Organic”. Industrialization of the agriculture sector and the short term view of producing higher yields led to large scale adaptation of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and hybridization of seeds. While this certainly led to improved yields, it also made the farmers more and more reliant on these chemicals to keep up yields. Also pests that develop resistance to the pesticides, tend to pose more severe challenges. All the added chemicals in the food is also being linked to increased incidents of lifestyle disorders.

Organic farming is a returning to the roots of traditional farming practices by successfully managing natural resources, while maintaining or enhancing the quality of the environment.

The following are some of the techniques used in Organic Farming:

Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar or different types of crops in the same area in sequenced seasons. It helps in reducing soil erosion and increases soil fertility and crop yield. Crop rotation gives various nutrients to the soil. A traditional element of crop rotation is the replenishment of nitrogen through the use of green manure in sequence with cereals and other crops. Crop rotation also mitigates the build-up of pathogens and pests that often occurs when one species is continuously cropped, and can also improve soil structure and fertility by alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants. Crop rotation is one component of polyculture.

Companion planting

Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of different crops in proximity for pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial creatures, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity. Companion planting is a form of polyculture

Intercropping

Intercropping is a multiple cropping practice involving growing two or more crops in proximity. The most common goal of intercropping is to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by making use of resources that would otherwise not be utilized by a single crop. Careful planning is required, taking into account the soil, climate, crops, and varieties. It is particularly important not to have crops competing with each other for physical space, nutrients, water, or sunlight. Examples of intercropping strategies are planting a deep-rooted crop with a shallow-rooted crop, or planting a tall crop with a shorter crop that requires partial shade.

Biological control

Biological control is a bio effectors-method of controlling pests (including insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases) using other living organisms.[1] It relies on predation, parasitism, herbivory, or other natural mechanisms, but typically also involves an active human management role. It can be an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs.