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Dung, Urine, Bathing Water: Civil Engineer Quits Job, Earns in Lakhs With Cow Farming

Jayaguru Achar Hinder was fed up of his 9 to 5 job and quit in 2019 to 
 tend to cow farming full time. (Image: Soumya Kalasa/News18)

Jayaguru Achar Hinder was fed up of his 9 to 5 job and quit in 2019 to tend to cow farming full time. (Image: Soumya Kalasa/News18)

Jayaguru Achar Hinder became fed up of his 9 to 5 job as a civil engineer and since he always loved farming and spending time with the 10 cows his father owned, he changed his profession.

A large number of people are dependent on cattle for their livelihood. They sell milk and its by-products, some may even sell the organic fertilizer made from cow dung. But, here is an engineer who runs a dairy with his parents and earns by selling not just milk and manure, but also the water that flows out of the cowshed after bathing the cows!

26-year-old Jayaguru Achar Hinder is a classic example of successful ‘Ghar Vapsi’. A qualified civil engineer, he worked with a private firm for a monthly salary of Rs 22,000. He completed Bachelor of Engineering from Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur and is a native of Munduru village in Puttur Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. After working for a year with a private firm, Achar was fed up of his 9 to 5 job. He always loved farming and spending time with the 10 cows his father owned. One fine day in 2019, he decided to quit his job and join hands with his father and give a technical twist to increase productivity of the farm.

“I was thinking of expanding the dairy and trying innovative ways to increase revenue while studying engineering. All that brainstorming was later helpful in practical decisions," says Achar.

The dairy is now very well expanded and set up. The strength of the cattle has increased to 130. The family of 3, Mr Achar and his parents also own a 10 acre plot where areca nut is the main crop. Achar brought in quite a few innovations into the farm-diary that the family easily earns Rs 10 lakhs per month.

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Dry Cowdung

After watching multiple videos and doing a lot of online research, Mr Achar travelled to Patiala, Punjab and bought a machine that dries cow dung. He sells around 1000 bags of this dry cow dung every month. Farmers around and of neighboring villages buy from him in large quantities.

Cow Dung Slurry

A mixture of cow dung, cow urine and the water that is collected after bathing the cows is a slurry. This water is stored and transported in tankers. Mr Achar owns a tanker that holds up to 7,000 liters of slurry. Every day he sells 1 tanker quantity of this mixture. Whoever buys this pays around 8 to 11 rupees per liter. The slurry is taken to the buyer’s farm and poured to the base of the plant. The buyer decides how much to be poured to each plant and it is delivered accordingly.

Gonandajala (From the dead cow)

This is something Achar found online. He studied this extensively and is successfully creating this product. Gonandajala is basically a high nutrient fluid that boosts up the growth of the crops. After a cow is dead, instead of burning or burying the corpse, it is left in a huge tank with calculated proportion of cow urine, butter milk, and several other items and water. This is closed and left until 6 to 7 months. By then, the body would have decomposed completely and the fluid is then used as liquid fertilizer. Around 1.5 liters of this fluid is to be mixed with 100 liters of water and used as fertilizer. People have seen great results in crops after using this, says Achar.

Other than this, Achar also sells 750 liters of milk daily and around 30 to 40kg of ghee monthly. “We have around 10 staff to help us with all these work. We have several machinery like milking machine that reduces the burden on the labor and good water facilities inside the cowshed so that one need not spend too much time cleaning the shed. Such small but effective changes increases productivity” explains the young entrepreneur.

“Giving a complete organic array of products not just increases our revenue, but also gives us a sense of satisfaction that we are not causing any harm to environment,” he adds.

He is planning to set up a unit to produce milk products in near future. “The various subsidies by government and the startup loans and benefits have helped a great deal in taking up newer projects. This is a job without weekly offs and leaves, I know. But I also know that in a few years’ time, this will be completely self-sustained and the set up will run without much effort. And more than anything, being your own boss is the greatest feeling”, says the happy young man.

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first published:October 18, 2021, 11:31 IST