Army Veteran On Return To Roots Takes To Organic Poultry Farming

Dharamshala: Veteran military heroes are leaders with vast experience to handle adversity. They are endowed with energy and enthusiasm and their integrity is beyond reproach.

The corona pandemic has created a health adversity across the globe rendering immunity an immediate need of the hour and it is toward this end that Colonel Vinod Awasthy, Sena Medal, has embarked on a new veture.

A resident of the remote village of Khungru, now called Ramnagar, in Palampur Tehsil the army veteran has decided to setup an organic poultry farm in his village.

Organic Farming – A Unique Opportunity

Organic farming is a unique production management system which promotes and enhances agro ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.

Organic poultry is therefore rearing birds without cages, organic feed and access to open areas, duly fenced but not restricted birds free movement.

Talking to Hill Post Col Awasthy said, “Organic farming is a concept that has gained currency in the recent past and has become hugely relevant under the corona pandemic.

Investing my savings and joining hands with unemployed youth in the village, I have created the infrastructure for an organic poultry farm in the village.”

No Subsidies From Government

The veteran further said, “ Taking no subsides from the Govt, the office has endeared to create a facility that will not only generate employment, bringing their to the fore, the PM Modi’s concept of self reliant India but also provide to the people an organic food supplement enhancing their immunity.”

The Dhauladhar Farmfresh LLP, as the farm is called, was inaugurated by Mrs. Kokila Gurung, wife of colonel Arjun Gurung, VSM and daughter of the famous war hero Himachal, Brigadier Sherjung Thapa, MVC, on Saturday.

Mrs. Gurung, a multifaceted lady herself complimented Col Awasthy and wished this venture a grand success.

Contaminated Food A Major Cause For Many Cancers

He concluded by saying , “In India, we have fallen prey to greed leading to contamination of all eatable items. Increased concern over quality of meat and eggs available in the market for human consumption is a major cause for all cancers and other diseases”

“Dhauladhar Farmfresh will refrain from feeding the birds the pesticides and medicines meant for body building in quick time. In due course regulatory approvals will be sought to make the venture a certified organic poultry,” says Awasthy.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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