Anantnag farmer starts commercial vermicomposting unit, says demand is good

A farmer in Bejbehara in Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir started his Vermicomposting enterprise in 2002. Entrepreneur Abdul Ahad Lone has established commercial vermicomposting comprising 30 concrete pits of dimensions 15ft x 3 ft x 1ft with a capacity of 6 qt per ft. It has a capacity of 150-200 qt of vermicompost per cycle. In the beginning, Abdul had to put in a lot of hard work. He created awareness about vermicomposting and organic farming by putting up stalls in various places like Jammu, Udhampur, Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Anantnag and Agriculture zone supported me, said Abdul. . Today, around 20 people are working under me. Among them three are MBAs who are doing marketing. Wherever there are vermiculture units in Jammu & Kashmir in Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam, etc we have started them. The demand for vermicomposting is good. The unemployed youth can explore vermiculture. There are a lot of avenues in agriculture, floriculture, etc. Farmers say there are a lot of benefits of using vermiculture. Their apples are bright red in colour after using vermiculture. Vermiculture is natural and provides lots of benefits.

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