You may be familiar with Adarsh Mahila Griha Udyog (AMGU) because of the NGO’s anti-dowry project, which was supported by IDS for the past several years. In 2018, AMGU began a new project in Zero Budget Natural and Spiritual Farming. The project is located in Maharashtra.
AMGU’s project trained 100 women, most of them widows, in these organic farming techniques. In addition, the women learned how to prepare their own fertilizers and how to apply them to crops. Each of the women farmed a plot between 1 and 4 acres and, as part of the project, was given two varieties of bean seeds to sow.
Chandrakala Bhargaw, the head of AMGU, sent IDS several subtitled videos recently in which she interviews women farmers about their experiences with Zero Budget Natural and Spiritual Farming methods. Here’s a sample:
Jivamrut–an organic fertilizer which consists of a mixture of water, cow dung, cow urine, gram flour (besan), jaggery (raw sugar), and soil.
Bijamrut–an organic seed treatment made from cow dung, cow urine, milk, lime, and water.
Mung–a plant in the legume family; also known as the green gram, maash, or moong.
Udad–another member of the legume family; black gram or black lentil.