Urine platforms and Azolla pits constructed to ease organic farming practices
In an attempt to support small and marginal farmers and encourage them in using organic fertilizers, Bala Vikasa constructed 190 urine plot farms in 27 villages of four districts. Through this, farmers will have access to cow urine for preparing organic fertilizers which is a key ingredient in many organic fertilizers preparation.
“The urine platforms would be of great help to small organic farmers as not everyone has cows and may not have access to cow urine. Having a urine platform like this would give them access to cow urine whenever they need and prepare highly efficient organic fertilizers which will increase the quality of their produce,” said K Somi Reddy, Organic Leader, Divitipally.
Sharing her plight in collecting cow urine, Ch. Komuramma said it was a very problematic affair to collect cow urine even if I have two cows. “As the cows' urination time was unpredictable, I was not able to collect enough of it to prepare fertilizers. So, I used to add oxen’s urine to prepare organic fertilizers which did not give the desired results.”After the urine platforms were constructed, Komuramma was able to collect enough urine as per her requirement and also give it to her fellow organic farmers in her village whenever required.