IN: The shift to horticulture and drip irrigation improved farmers' revenue

Until a year ago farmer P. Chennaiah was growing cotton and maize and used to make a profit of about ₹ 60,000 at the end of the year on his one-acre farm.

However, he shifted to horticulture and started growing vegetables like cucumber, bottle gourd, etc. He has also mulched the farm so that moisture could be retained and growth of weeds could be prevented. Mr. Chennaiah also adopted drip irrigation optimising water use. All this has paid off now and the farmer claims he is netting ₹ 1 lakh per half acre as the crop yield is twice a week.He supplies the vegetables to markets at Erragadda and Bowenpally in the State capital.

Kishtala Swami is another farmer from the same village who has taken up cultivation in his one-and-a-half acre with only one borewell. He has been using waste decomposer, mixing it with water and supplying it to the farm through drip system. Decomposer acts as plant protection agent and protects soil health.

He has also been supplying fertilizer through the same drip system so that not a drop goes to waste. The Horticulture Department has supplied the required drip, pump and other systems on 90% subsidy for many of these farmers.


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