Atma Nirbhar farmer reaps layers of profit with unique model

Khargone/Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Avinash Dangi in Bistan village of Kargone district is a shining example of an ‘Atma Nirbhar’ farmer. With his unique model, he earns a constant income every season.

He has worked with his father for 18 years and was named one of the top ten national finalists by Organic India in 2019. He has won 1 state level honor in biodiversity, 5 district level awards and 5 other awards through private programs. businesses.

In June 2021, he adopts a unique model to develop one hectare (or two and a half acres) with his father. The model will complete its cycle in June 2022. Under the one-year model, the father-son duo will grow 70 crops.

At present, he grows 18 kinds of vegetables, 32 kinds of fruits and 4 spice crops on one hectare. The crops are sown in 21 beds with a length of 360 feet. The duo adopted companion planting in which one species of plant benefits from the presence of the other when sown together.

Between June and December, the duo harvested green coriander, groundnut, urad, marigold and sweet corn and earned more than Rs 1 lakh.

Currently, there are 53 crops in the field. The duo also benefits from the collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Horticulture.

Avinash told Free Press that he is about to harvest arhar, chana, turmeric and ginger. It is ready to replace the harvested crop with cucumber, bitter gourd, cilantro, tomato, moong and herbal medicine.

Characteristics

Avinash has adopted the “multi-layered multi-layered fruit forest family farming model” of organic farming. Multi-layering involved taking 5-6 crops together using space below ground for tubers, above ground for green leafy vegetables and above ground for fruits like papaya and vines like bottle gourd . Thus, all types of fruits, vegetables, cereals and legumes will be available in any season for a family. A natural poly house will take shape in 4 to 5 years. Crops are sown seasonally and only drip and flood irrigation is used.

Cultivate exotic plants

In addition to traditional crops, Avinash cultivates crops native to southern China and East Asia. It includes financially rewarding vegetables and condiments used in fast food. He grows exotic vegetables like green and black bok choy, green and red lettuce, bacala, broccoli and green beans, in addition to cauliflower, red and white radish, red and green cabbage, cabbage -purple and orange flower, spinach and fenugreek.

Fruit trees

At present, his farm has 252 papaya plants, 252 drumstick trees and 252 banana plants, while he also has 122 plots of four species of coriander and seven species of guava, 44 walnut trees coco, mosambi, orange and mango trees, 20 lemon trees, 14 jackfruit trees, 14 chikoo trees, 12 apple trees and 12 fig trees. His farm also has 10 trees each of red and green currant, jamun, pomegranate, water apple and 4 trees each of lychee, cherry, phalsa, cashew and ramphal.

Advantages

Multi-layer cultivation is beneficial for both the land and the environment. The model is financially rewarding and at the same time provides shelter for countless species of birds. It helps maintain the balance of nature and biodiversity. The model provides convenience in nutrient management, pest control and water conservation. High production at low cost saves time and can meet all the needs of a family.

Training

Avinash says he wants to educate other farmers about this multi-layered farming method. He plans to develop training to help farmers adopt this model.

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:28 PM IST