The distant hamlet of Galwaduwagama, Sravastipura, Anuradhapura is dwelling to many enterprising farmers. In step with the Authorities’s Saubhagya dwelling gardening idea, a number of residents of the villages have taken to dwelling gardening.
Amongst them are Sugath Chandrasiri and Chandrika Seneviratne, a husband and spouse duo who’ve taken dwelling gardening to a brand new degree. The house backyard was first proposed a number of years in the past by Chandrika, who has since been ably supported by Sugath and their three youngsters, aged 18, 13 and 9.
“This can be a utterly self-contained backyard. We’ve a biogas era unit and a compost era facility, so we use no chemical fertilizer or weedicide. It’s 100 p.c pure,” says Chandrika, who grows a plethora of crops together with greens, potatoes, manioc, candy potatoes, pepper, espresso, ginger, cinnamon, and herbs in her sprawling backyard. She can be a bee keeper and a dairy farmer. Her poultry den provides a gentle stream of eggs. Consistent with her non secular beliefs, no animals are despatched for slaughter.
“That is utterly self-sufficient. Other than rice, we’ve grown nearly all the things else right here, so we don’t want to purchase any meals from exterior. Furthermore, no chemical compounds are added to our crops, so they’re utterly natural. We will run this dwelling backyard with none issues for the following 20 years,” says Chandrika, lamenting that the Agriculture Division shouldn’t be extra actively selling dwelling gardens across the nation.
“The Saubhagya programme is a golden alternative for everybody to take up dwelling gardening. Furthermore, if no less than two milch cows may be equipped to rural households by the Authorities, milk powder imports too may be enormously lowered. Then we will create a wholesome nation,” provides Chandrika.
Chandrika earns earnings month-to-month by promoting the surplus produce to her neighbours and shops in close by cities. “I don’t have to do some other job to maintain my household or rely on any Authorities handouts even through the Coronavirus pandemic. Whereas many different households waited for provide lorries to return to their doorstep through the lockdown, we may handle simply advantageous with the meals from our dwelling backyard.” She appreciates the assistance given by her husband, three youngsters and the neighbours in tending to her dwelling backyard.
“At any time when we’ve guests, we take them to the house backyard, ask them to choose up the veggies they like and prepare dinner it for them. Dessert is normally buffalo curd from my dairy. The guests are extremely impressed each time. Many individuals even from distant cities come to my backyard to purchase greens, curd and honey as a result of they know it’s natural. So we’ve earnings day by day of the yr.”
She urged the authorities to additional popularize the idea of dwelling gardens and residential dairies, which she says may finally save a considerable amount of international change as nicely. “The pandemic was lesson for us all to rely extra on ourselves and our personal merchandise. With this dwelling backyard, I’ve proved that it’s potential.”