ANDHRA PRADESH

Soyabean creates awakening among farmers

S. Harpal Singh



Soya crop has helped farmers not only to extract excellent yields but also influence the process of its pricing in the market



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.

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.

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.

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