Vegetable Farming to Dairy Farming: Story of Leema's success turns an eye-opener for all
Palakkad: Leema, 38, is a hard-working woman. Every day, she wakes up at 3 am and joins her workers to clean and milk the cows. At 6 am she sets out for supplying the milk to the cooperative society. However, the relentless work ethic of Leema doesn’t end there. After returning from milk cooperative society, she takes a break after having her breakfast. In the evening, she milks the cows again.
Leema Roslin, hailing from Vadakarapathi in Palakkad doesn’t need to look back in her life after she shifted to dairy farming after sustaining heavy losses in vegetable farming. However, with her hard work, she tops in the list of dairy farmers with highest production in Palakkad district.
Along with her husband Lorenz, she cultivated vegetables for 5 years. But later, she switched to dairy farming due to the recurring water scarcity and financial repercussions.
Initially, the couple bought 12 cows after taking a bank loan of Rs 5 lakh. Along with the farm, fodder grass farming was also started to produce feeder for the cows.
Leema also had first-hand experience from her childhood in cattle rearing. After getting positive results from the venture, more cows were brought from Tamil Nadu. Currently, she owns 65 cows on her one-acre farm which produces 700 litres of milk every day.
Jersey, H.F and various other breeds of cows are on her farm. Seven workers are also there to look after the cows. In total, she gets a profit of around Rs 30,000, even after paying the wages. She also complained that due to the quota limitations, she is not able to produce more milk.
A year ago, she was able to produce 1000 litres of milk every day from 80 cows. However, the quota set by the Milma forced her to sell 15 cows. She also has won the award for the best women dairy farmer for the period of 2017-18.