“Farming is often a subsistence business and that's what it was for me! But little did I know that I was burning away cash every time I burnt the stubble from my crop. Once I understood that the waste material could actually be used as a biomass fuel, and earn me additional income, I threw myself into it. I started supplying mustard husk as biomass, and then gradually also provided shredded juliflora as a biomass – employing 15 people for 8months of the year along the way. With the extra money I decided to reinvest it in this biomass business – purchasing machinery to chop the waste material, a new tractor and a two wheeler to speed things up. With the biomass business booming, I started to invest the profits in my general farming business and moved into high yield variety crops and adopted better fertilisers. That business started to grow and with the additional profits I could send my kids to private schools and give them a brighter future. Biomass has turned my life around – along with the lives of everyone around me. And we no longer need to burn stubble in the field – reducing carbon emissions and pollution. It is a win win for everybody.” - Madhuram Jat, Kharadi, Jaitaran, Rajasthan.
Indian Farmers - The Lynchpin of Soil Health
January 31, 2023
A third of the world's soil is moderately to highly degraded, threatening global...