Village Sustainability by Krish Jayarapu
The main source of income for the farm we specifically visited was from milk. Milk is the lifeblood for the farmers of Bhumel and all the neighboring villages. There is a major milk processing company owned by the farmers themselves called Amul. Now when I first heard this, I was really interested. I was thinking that this was sustainability on a whole another level. Most of the profits that Amul makes goes back to the farmers who provided the milk. Every morning and evening, farmers would bring their milk to the milk office where it would be weighed for fat content and then stored. The more fat content the milk has, then the more money you get. The storage tank holds 2000 liters! And every day, an Amul tanker comes up to pick up this milk. Soon after the farmers give their milk, they are immediately given money for the quality and quantity of the milk. Having a immediate income was really important, due to the fact that most farmers need money everyday to provide for their family and do everyday chores. They can’t rely on digitalized money because that can’t be used for everyday chores in most cases.
Ultimately, sustainability is a major idea that villages and towns and in general all forms of residential places have to take into account for. Clearly through farms and milk collection processing and profiting, sustainability in the village of Bhumel has reached self-survival. Though with many more other points, their main economy of milk illustrates a minimal reliance on other corporations.