Farming and Agriculture

Organic farming is offering healthy food and livelihood to a woman in Kolkata

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The article is a must read for those who want to feed their families with organic food items and want to earn their livelihood by not doing regular official work for lengthy hours. Want to know how? Continue reading….

Responsibilities of her family

Anuradha Nath stays at Behala in Kolkata. She is a housewife and her husband works in a private company. The 31-year-old also has a minor daughter to look after. She wanted to take up a job but her family responsibilities kept her away.

Worried about the unhealthy food in the market

The 31-year-old was looking for a suitable opportunity before she stumbled upon an advertisement in a local vernacular newspaper about training in growing organic foods items through urban gardening. Anuradha who had a three cottahs of land in the backyard of her housewife immediately decided to put it into a proper use, “We had a sizeable land in the backyard of our house. The land was used as a dumping ground by the neighbours that were throwing waste. It used to emit foul smell. I decided to clear the land and put it into productive use,” she said to Chalgenius.
She was equally concerned about the unhealthy food and unhygienic food available in the market. She wanted to serve her family fresh food that could be completely organic.

Training by DRCSC changed her life

In 2016, she took up training on organic farming from Development Research Communications and Services Centre (DRCSC), a non-profit working for sustainable agriculture and alternative livelihood that included 21 sessions. The training gave her confidence to grow food organically and also make fertilizers, “The training was an eye opener for me. It made me realize the harmfulness of consuming the chemical laced vegetables available in the market. I immediately made up by mind to grow fresh vegetables in the backyard of my house,” she says.

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Boosting immunity

Anuradha cleared the land that had become a dumping ground and began growing vegetables, “It changed our lives as my family began to feel healthy and was not affected by the diseases that occur with seasonal changes. Consumption of healthy items led to immunity boosting.”

Successful entrepreneur

At present, the homemaker is a successful entrepreneur. She not only grows vegetables but also trains people in organic farming, “The DRCSC enrolled us for taking classes to the fresh batches and slowly students like me also started visiting households and training people in organic farming,” she says.

Earning Rs 15000 per month

Anuradha conceded that she earns around Rs 15000 per month and doesn’t have to devote much time in her work. She pays weekly visits to the houses of people regarding urban gardening, “It is a very good livelihood option for those who cannot devout into full time job because of family and other responsibilities,” signed off the gutsy woman.

Get touch!

Sourav Ghosh
DRCSC
58A Dharmatola Road, Bosepukur, Kasba.
Kolkata – 700042
Landline – 03324427311
Mob-9432013248
email:souravg@drcsc.org
www.drcsc.org
Keywords: urban gardening, DRCSC, Kolkata, Chalgenius

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