Rice is largest staple food in Indian sub continent and indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides has adversely affected not only production but entry of harmful chemical fertilizer and pesticide to human food making our most sought after food detrimental to health and disease inducer.
This calls for alternative biological pest control and manure application to enhance sustainable rice production and provide nutritious chemical free foods to our mass population.
Rice duck farming is one such innovation practicized by many developed and developing countries with Japan taking a lead. Rice duck integration is a low cost biologically synergistic relation where ducks provides manures and puddling effect and eats pests and weeds, making it mutually beneficial.
The Goat piloted this concept near Lucknow with 30 rice farmers and developed a standard package and audio visual training materials for further up scaling .
|Number of Rice duck farmers
|Average weight of ducklings distributed
|Age of ducklings
|Average body weight of ducks in 45 days
|Average body weight gain
|Per duck profit
|Profit per farmer with 30 ducks (45 days)
|Estimated saving of cost in pesticides per farmer
|Estimated profit by rice production enhancement per farmer
|Gross profit per farmer through integrated farming
|Potential through providing increased price as non chemical rice (10% more price)
|Potential profit to farmer
For duration of just 45 days to 60 days of integration, return seems significant. However sample size remaining small, above calculation has to be tested on larger scale and actual profit may vary by 10 to 20% higher or lower side.
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