Mixed crop cultivation of tribal farmer inspires others in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Shivram, a tribal farmer from Kurushnar in
Abujhmarh block of Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh has adopted vegetable
cultivation as an additional source of income.
During summer, Shivram cultivates tomato, chilly and
bottle-gourd crops and in rainy season okra, brinjal and chilly in his one-acre
land and earns good profit from it. Cultivating mixed crops of maize and okra
in Monsoon, he has become a source of inspiration for other farmers.
Shivram, resident of the remote Abujhmarh area said
that he cultivates vegetables in his one-acre land during winter and summer
season through the solar pump installed for drinking water near his house. He
sells the vegetables produced in his farm to Narayanpur and Jamhari markets
which is 12-km away from his house. He earns Rs 30-40 thousand per season from
During monsoon, he cultivates brinjal, chilly and okra
and sells it in local market. This year, with the guidance of agriculture and
horticulture field officials, he cultivated mixed crop of maize, okra and beans
in the one-acre land.
Shivram said that dedication and hard work needed to
cultivate all types of crops in the fertile land of Abujhmarh area. Out of the
total 7 acre agriculture land, he cultivates paddy in 3 acre, crops like Ragi,
kodo-kutki in two acres and in the one acre udad and kulthi crops. With this he
meets the needs of his 7-member family without much difficulty.
Shivram’s wife Shanti and son and daughter-in-law also
give every possible help in farming. Now, with the help of agriculture
department, he wants to dig a well on this farm, so that he could give a new
direction to farming.
In this direction, deputy director agriculture BK
Bijroniya said, looking to the dedication and hard work of Shivram, Rs 25,000
grant would be made available to him for digging a well. Impressed with the
hard work and determination of this tribal farmer, the horticulture department
has provided mini-kit of hybrid vegetable seeds worth Rs 2,500, two
vermi-compost tanka and pre-cooling chamber for keeping vegetable fresh for