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Alternative farming helps poor fight climate change in Kashmir

Church's social service agency helps small-time farmers take up alternative methods to escape debt
Alternative farming helps poor fight climate change in Kashmir

Vinod Kumar stands near his rice crop preparing vermicompost for his mushroom farm after being trained by a church agency to take up alternative farming. (Photo: Umar Manzoor Shah)

Published: December 10, 2019 10:03 AM GMT
Updated: December 10, 2019 10:03 AM GMT

This year, after a long time, Vinod Kumar bought new livestock, repaired his single-story house and painted its exterior with a sky blue tint — all because he switched to alternative farming methods a year ago.

Despite more than 20 years of hard work, the 42-year-old failed to generate enough income from his seven acres of fertile land in the Sandhi area of Jammu in the federally ruled Jammu and Kashmir territory in the northernmost part of India.

Unseasonal rains and changing weather patterns often ruined his maize and rice crops. Strong winds and thunderstorms sometimes thrashed his crops, while the late arrival of monsoon rains spelled disaster for his farm.

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