Farmer’s Name: Rampada Mahato
Location: Purulia, West Bengal
Skilled on: Bio- Inputs Production
For more than a decade, Rampada Mahato a young boy from a small village in Purulia district of West Bengal has seen his former generation practicing organic farming in their own farmlands. It was his father who introduced for the first time chemical fertilizers and pesticides in hope of getting more output as crop production. As hoped by his father, the result was good for the first year after the usage of chemical fertilizer and pesticide. The output jumped almost 25-30 percent compared to last year output.
Encouraged by the output percentage, his father continually used chemical fertilizers and pesticides in their farmlands. To his surprise the production got deteriorated, the production capacity of the soil and the quality of produce went drastically down and inferior. The size of crops (Tomato, Cucumber, Brinjal, Bottle Gourd, Pumpkin and Chilli) got shrink and the natural flavour was almost lost. The shape and the colour of the crop have lost its natural essence. The output from the farmland couldn’t able to fetch desired return from the market.
Rampada Mahato took an initiative of not using any chemical fertilizers and pesticides in his farmland. Every Sunday he gives training to other farmers in his village on various organic farming practices learned from Green College initiative which involves Bio-Input production.Use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides along with other agricultural inputs required an investment of Rs 4-5 lakhs in 5 acres of land. Mostly vegetables were grown like Tomato, Cucumber, Brinjal, Bottle Gourd, Pumpkin and Chilli. The output after selling in the market fetched Rupees 6-6.5 lakhs, at most received a profit of Rs 1.3 lakhs annually.
After receiving training on Bio- inputs under the project of Green College in August, 2015, Rampada changed his age-old traditional agricultural practice and started investing the knowledge gained from training on Bio- inputs in his farmland. He used Bio- inputs in 3 acres of land for cucumber production for an investment of Rs 45000 approximately which also included tractor and fuel charges (January, 2016). In return he got a production of Rs 80000 from 75 percent of land and still from 25 percent of land, collection of cucumber produce yet to be done (Date: 11 Mar, 16).As estimated the produce can fetch a profit of Rs 40000.
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