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Animal Welfare Green Initiatives Ongoing
To promote farming and to create a green belt by promoting indigenous tree plantations.
Why did we do it?
Kaprada is known as the Cherapunji of Gujarat. However, the region faces serious water issues for approximately 6 months a year. Logging for wood and loss of forest land to agriculture has impacted the quality of soil and has led to loss of habitat for animals and birds in the region.
What did we do?
As a model project, Sparsh has commenced work on 2.5 acres of land in Kaprada with the vision of promoting fair farming techniques and creating dense green areas by planting indigenous varieties of plants and trees.
Under the farming initiative, we target growing our own food for the balashrams using biological fertilizers and using plant and animal waste as pesticides. In order to have access to animal waste we have adopted five cows of the local variety (Dangi). We follow the “no tie” policy and the animals are free to graze and walk around. None of the cows are milked or used in agriculture keeping in sync with our animal welfare values.
A designated area is being restored as a forest, to protect and prevent the further loss of biodiversity and ecosystems. Use of native species conducive to the local soil and weather will increase the chances of success and the possibility of conservation in the region, a reality. In order to create awareness and interactions between urban dwellers and rural settings, a plantation drive is planned every monsoon with leading corporate houses.
Organic farming is an answer to the environmental sufferings caused by the use of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers while addressing the issue of redundancy for cattle. Planting forests can be instrumental in mitigating climate change by providing habitats for animals, offering watershed protection and preventing soil erosion. Vrindavan is our effort as a possible replicable model towards nature conservation.