Success Story (Bhind and Jhabua)
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
In order to increase the income of farmers, the state government is encouraging them for vegetable cultivation. Farmers started adopting vegetable cultivation by availing pro-farmer schemes which have increased their income greatly.
Bhind district: For Narayan Singh Batham, farmer of Gohad in Bhind district, traditional farming has been the means of livelihood for his family. His income from agriculture had become stagnant in the last few years.
He had a discussion with the Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Officer regarding his income. The field squad of the department advised him to cultivate vegetables under Atma Pariyojana. He was given training also for this.
Narayan Singh began growing vegetables through light trip method. He began cultivating onion, brinjal and bottle gourd in his field. There was unprecedented growth in vegetable cultivation following tilling etc. Due to high productivity of vegetables he was given an award of Rs 50 thousand by the state government.
With continuous success, Narayan Singh was encouraged to grow onion in 1.40 hectare area following which he got a profit of nearly Rs 6 lakhs. Narayan Singh has toured Punjab also to acquire agriculture technique training. A confident Narayan Singh says a good profit can be earned by adopting modern techniques in agriculture.
Jhabua district: Khawasa Petlawad area of Jhabua district is known for tomato, onion and horticulture crops. Suresh, a farmer from the area has acquired recognition for successfully cultivating onion and tomato. He has made changes in the crop system of onion due to which he has had a bumper production of onion in his field.
Increased production has created problem of storage for him. When he spoke to the horticulture department officials about this storage problem they gave him information about onion warehouse construction scheme. With the grant amount he got a warehouse constructed. Last year bumper production of onion led to a drop in onion rates.
At such a time he stored onions from his field. Other farmers from his area also used his warehouse. Suresh says he had sold 500 quintal onion at Rs 800 per quintal which gave him good profit.