Students of Enactus Society, Netaji Subhas University of Technology have developed a new farming method which uses cocopeat, vermiculite, and perlite in a unique ratio, it’s a soil-less farming approach to uplift the socio-economic conditions of small scale farmers which constitute 85% of India’s farmer population.
India is an agrarian country, where agriculture along with its allied activities. Lack of awareness about modern farming techniques and the prevalence of traditional farming methods result in increased chances of crop failure.
Project Aahar with its non-profit endeavor aims to uplift the socio-economic conditions of small scale farmers which constitute 85% of India’s farmer population. Small scale farmers have less than one hectare of land, a portion of which is barren or infertile.
Strategy Zero-X successfully implemented by Team Aahar, utilizes soil-less farming techniques on this barren land to grow crops. A mixture of cocopeat, vermiculite, and perlite in a unique ratio, eliminates the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the growth cycle and also results in an increased water retention capacity(better by 90% compared to soil). This not only decreases the germination period of the crop by over 50% but also leads to significant growth in the final output by up to 20%. Moreover, our ‘farmers-assembled’ Hydroponics Kits, are being sold on the online platform BonFarmo to the gardening enthusiasts. The surplus revenue thus generated, goes towards the procurement of raw materials for large-scale implementation. This also helps the small-scale farmer to make an extra profit with a 15-minute kit-assembling process.
We are elated to announce that our beneficiaries, 4 farmers in Goyla Village(Dwarka) and 2 farmers in Greater Noida have seen a profit increase of 25% after employing Strategy Zero-X. We are proud to have esteemed scientists from ICAR (The Indian Council of Agricultural Research) and KVK (Krishi Vigyan Kendra) as our project advisors.