S. Harpal Singh

Yield crosses 13 quintal per acre and price Rs.1,900

Best practices adopted included less investment on use of pesticides

BELGAM (ADILABAD DT.): The soya crop has brought an ‘awakening’ in this small village in Jainad mandal that helped farmers not only to extract excellent yields but also influence the process of its pricing in the market. Though soyabean has signalled good times this year in Adilabad district, farmers from this village stand out in contrast because of these two factors.

Demonstration

The efforts of AP Mahila Abhivruddhi Society (APMAS), an NGO that has adopted the village for demonstration of best agriculture practices since last two years, seem to have paid off as yields crossed the 13 quintal per acre and price crossed the Rs. 1,900 per acre mark. It had concentrated on reducing investment of the farmers under rain-fed conditions and enabling them to hold the produce until a better price is offered.

The NGO will take up formation of a mutually aided cooperative society of farmers here in future so that they can access to low cost micro credit. “This will be the last in a string of efforts,” observed B. Ramakanth, livelihood consultant with the APMAS that is anchoring the District Livelihood Resource Centre.

“The farming practices inducted by the farmers under our guidance and supervision were based on a study that had identified gaps in the area. We started with soil fertility tests last year in the village.

The best practices that were adopted included decreasing investment on use of pesticides, fertilisers and on de-weeding too. Middlemen were avoided for marketing the produce,” explained Mr. Ramakanth. All the 25 farmers in the village who collectively cultivated about 120 acres are a happy lot this year. Jangili Ganganna is a case in point. He cultivated soyabean in his two acre plot sold the produce at a high rate of Rs. 1, 910 per quintal and made a clean profit of over Rs. 70,000. His will receive additional income from Bengal gram that is sown as inter crop.