Small scaled family farming plays a multidimensional role, ensure not only livelihood but play a pivotal role in biodiversity conservation. Such farmers judiciously use the weeds and herbs grow along with the crops and use the crop residues as animal feed. Here are some pictures, I shot in my hometown Borai, Loralai which show us the beauty of this unique farming system. The farmer told me that he never used any pesticides and chemical fertilizer.
These grasses are rich in nutrients and the best feed for the sheep, goats and the cows.
This weed is locally called as Shinshobey in Pashtu. It is a wild mint. This weed is dried/powdered and uses as food with yogurt and shlombey etc.
This weed is called as Perwathke in Pashtu, a very rich feed for the small ruminants.
The chicken thrives on the insects in the orchard and provides a rich source of protein.
Vegetables are grown at the orchard, providing rich and safe food for the family.
The beautiful but rich herbal plant
Apricot tree, the small piece of land is richer with different types of trees
The small canal providing a niche for the frog breeding. One can see the eggs of the frogs.
More plants and animals diversity is placed on a smaller piece of land with the highest productivity and the whole family depends on this farm in one or other way.
The almond tree with heavy production
Almond catch good prices and also a source of family food in winter
Alfalfa for cow (milking)
Some green chilies are the integral part of the food
The beautiful fig fruits
The fig plant
The cow dung is dried and use as a fuel. The remaining material (powdered) is used as farmyard manure
Borai is home to delicious Anar (Pomegranate)
Damson fruit, locally called as Aloo. The dried fruit is a source of spices with sheep meat.
We can find many different types of trees, plants, vegetables, and weeds on a smaller piece of land