The efforts of an undergraduate student helped boost the income of his family at Ulchala village on the outskirts of Kurnool city.
Lokesh, a final year student of BBM, guided his family, which owns only two acre land, to sow an improved variety of chrysanthemum. He sourced the seed of super deluxe variety of chrysanthemum from Bangalore.
The family invested an amount of Rs. 25,000 for the crop up to 45 days while another Rs. 5,000 labour expense was required to harvest the crop. Till now, the family has collected three quintals of flowers which they sold at a price of Rs. 30 per kg. The local variety of chrysanthemum secured a price of only Rs. 10 a kg. They expect to harvest around 50 quintals of flower from the one acre plot.
Mr. Lokesh spends most of his free time working in the field and assisting the family. His brother Anjaneyulu told The Hindu that because of his younger brother they could shift to commercial cultivation and secure improvised seed. The success has encouraged the family to lease four acre land adjacent to their holding to take up chilli and other commercial crops.