Postharvest management, Natural resource management
Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems
Asia, India, Karnataka
South India’s farmers show how to profit from ecofriendly stubble disposal
Environment Friendly, Post-Harvest Mulch, Bhoosamrudhi Project, Increase farmers income, Small and marginal farmers, Holistic approaches
Asia Program, ICRISAT Development Centre
ICRISAT Happenings 1829-2, 22 November 2019
Farmers in south India are finding alternatives to residue burning not only environment-friendly but also profitable. Shredding stubble is one such alternative that 280 sugarcane farmers in Karnataka state now swear by. “I have been shredding and using the remains as post-harvest mulch. This has increased fertility, reduced costs and increased returns. I have been doing this for 18 years now and have also got other farmers to do it with similar results,” said Mr Pradeep Kumar, a farmer from Manahali village of Bidar district.