Jalpaiguri: The Jalpaiguri Denguajhar tea garden management has received good response by using cow dung and cow urine as organic fertilisers for tea plants.
With this response, they have started a cow-shed as according to science in the garden, stretched in one acre land. There are more than 70 cows in this farm and a veterinary also has been appointed to look after these cows. 25 workers work in this garden who mainly look after these cows.
Tea garden manager Jeevan Pandey said that after collecting cow urine, it is being mixed with neem and other necessary herbal ingredients and being applied to the tea plants. Using cow dung, organic fertilisers are being made. These fertilisers are then being used in the plants of the gardens.
The tea garden is stretched over 2.5 thousand acres of land. Out of this, almost 1800 acres of land has the tea garden in which the use of these fertilisers have given good results and 14 lakh 50 thousand kg tea is being prepared. At the same time, there is the facility for their own research of the garden and the testing of mud, as informs the manager.
800 litres of milk are produced daily from the cow shed and sold at Siliguri and Jalpaiguri market at Rs 40 per kilo. Ghee is also made out of the milk and being sold at Rs 600 per kg. But the managers emphasises that the cow shed has not been made for selling milk and ghee as he said that these are their by-products.