Indian Farmers Switch to Organic Poultry Farming For Increased Income

laying hen looking at the camera and hatching eggs in nest of straw inside a wooden chicken coop

Farmers in a remote village in the southern state of Telangana, India, have been facing mounting challenges due to skyrocketing prices of seeds and fertilizers, and the changing climate that adversely impacts their traditional farming practices. Unprecedented weather patterns, attributed to both climate change and rapid urbanization in the region, have resulted in erratic rainfall and soaring temperatures, damaging crops and constraining the farmers’ incomes to a paltry 15 to 20 thousand rupees ($180-$240) monthly.

Seeking solutions, non-government organizations have engaged with these farmers, introducing them to pollution-free poultry farming (PFPF). By rearing the Gramapriya breed, farmers like Shivaji Rao and Bhagwan Nath have not only been able to provide organic meat and eggs for their families but have also seen a surge in their income from the sale of these organic products.

Bhagwan Nath’s participation in this initiative has increased his yearly earnings from Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 (about $420 to $480) in a few months. Rao, on the other hand, has earned over 50,000 rupees ($700) in just three months by selling organic poultry products, emphasizing the rising demand for organic food in the market.

This shift towards organic poultry farming, apart from addressing the immediate economic concerns, also showcases an adaptive measure against the backdrop of climate adversities, offering farmers a sustainable means of livelihood.

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