01 November, 2020

A Full Round Meal

Farmers find new ways to prosperity

Nirala Tripathi
A Full Round Meal
outlookindia.com
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Barely 50 km from the capital of India’s most populous state, in Daulatpur village in Barabanki district, a mini agriculture revolution is taking place. What 41-year-old Ram Saran Verma began in 1996 on a 6-acre plot of land in a remote rural pocket has now grown into an 85-acre empire that feeds hundreds of workers, besides providing indirect employment to many more. "The urge to do something beyond the routine and the benefits from various government schemes have got me where I am," says the farmer-entrepreneur.

The three-fold mantra of this school dropout is technology, quality and crop rotation. Verma has been rotating five crops over the last two years, and it’s this that has helped him stave off any slowdown in a single crop. "Once you are growing five different crops, the ups and downs are automatically taken care of. For instance, if the price of banana went down, that of potato shot up; likewise, the high yield of tomato sufficed to meet the downswing in its price," he explains.

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