Man starts vegetable farming to increase income

Madhusudan Gorai, of East Singhbhum District, has turned the global pandemic crisis into an opportunity not only to improve his income, but also to create employment opportunities for over four dozen people in his village by introducing the collective economy, an official said on Wednesday.

Madhusudan, along with his partner Subhash Gorai, a farmer, has taken advantage of various government programs and started commercial vegetable production for a living, employing 40 to 50 people in the district’s Patamda block.

Madhusudan said he lost his father at a tender age and went looking for a job. “I had been working as a daily bet at a hotel in Adityapur, Seraikela-Kharswan District to support my family, but the income was insufficient to support myself,” he said, adding that he left the job and as Worker worked in West Bengal a few months before the government imposed a lockdown due to COVID-19. However, he had to return to his home village in the Patamda block after lockdown restrictions were in place, Madhusudan said, adding that on his return he made a decision to start growing vegetables on one hectare of his ancestral land in the village.

Madhusudan said he had convinced one of his friends Subhash Gorai and leased more land.

District Horticultural Officer Mithilesh Kumar Kalindi informed PTI that Madhusudan and Subhash have reached out to the District Horticultural Department for assistance with growing vegetables.

“We not only provided them with technical know-how about modern agricultural techniques, high-quality seeds and other benefits under various government welfare programs,” said the official.

Madhusudan stepped into action immediately after returning from West Bengal in May / June last year and requested the construction of a well on his land for irrigation purposes, Kalindi said, adding that a well was being built to help them with the commercial cultivation of vegetables to start .

Kalindi said they are now growing vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, chilli, tomato and cucumber on six acres of land.

The official, who recently visited the farm, said Madhusudan also employed several workers on their farm, given the growing demand for its products.

The advantage of the Gorai duo was that they didn’t have to worry too much about marketing their products as most of the customers come to them to buy in bulk.

In an attempt to facilitate irrigation, Kalindi said that the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) had installed a solar pump for irrigation under Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana and the process was under way to provide them with a structure to grow insect-free plants and plants To provide seeds.

Kalindi recognized the hard work Gorais is doing to ensure success in their field, saying that they set an example to other smallholders who are still dependent on traditional agriculture and showed them the path of modern agricultural technology, by taking advantage of the various government plans.

Madhusudan and Subhash were not financially well and until the recent past had to migrate in search of a living, but now they offer 40 to 50 people, including women, a job opportunity to make a daily living, he claimed.

During his recent visit to the farm, Kalindi said he suggested to Madhusudan and Subhash that they use Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and introduce drip irrigation to save water.

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