Low Cost Vermicompost Unit
Tea gardens in Assam are customarily allowed to rest after plucking season to rejuvenate the soil. However, Hridayanand Gogoi sees an opportunity in the off-season.A marginal farmer from Tinsukia district, Hridayanand started experimenting with interspecific cropping during his agri-entrepreneur (AE) training at the Tinsukia Krishi Vigyan Kendra in 2019. During the off-season, which lasts from December to March, he sets up vermicompost pits and cultivates ghost peppers.“We learnt how to cultivate bhoot jolokia in the AE program, and now, it is grown everywhere during the off-season. In fact, our production of ghost peppers has become so massive in scale that Barkuri has been re-baptised as bhoot jolokia village,” says Hridayanand, who has roped in around 200 villagers till date.Hridayanand used to earn ₹3,000 per month from his alternative ventures. After discovering that he could selling vermicompost and azolla to his peers as well, he extended his network to corporate sector gardens like Dilli Tea Estate and Kothalguri Tea Estate, where he sells earthworms worth ₹1.5 lakh every year.“Our cultivation of peppers has sparked a spirit of enterprise and fuelled economic prosperity in the area,” he says with a laugh, signing off.
State : Assam
Gender : Male
Sector : Agriculture & Forestry