Leaving a government job, Pawar took up farming to earn good profits
Bengaluru: Guru Prasad Pawar lives in Bijakwada, a small village in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.
Today he is a successful farmer. But the road has certainly not been easy. Pawar was good in his studies. After graduating, he took a physical training course. After successfully completing, he even got a job in 2004. But the salary he earned was not enough to make ends meet. It was then that he decided to start farming on the land he owns.
He took out a loan from the banks and planted garlic. In 4.5 months, the yield was quite good. You might find it hard to believe, but in his country, he earns Rs 125 crores per year and earns around Rs 55 lakhs.
Guru says, “When I first enjoyed harvesting garlic, I bought 6 acres of land from it. Then I used to get agricultural land ranging from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh rupees per acre. After that, I started buying a small piece of land every year. Today I own 50 acres of farmland.”
Guru also practices crop diversification. He says, “I grow three crops a year in my fields and they are all cash crops. Initially, we used to apply garlic in September-October, which was prepared in February-March. Shortly after, they planted cabbage, after preparing the harvest in May-June, they put sweet corn in the field. Cabbage and sweet corn crops are ready in 60-65 days. The same timeline continued after 2012, but then we started contract farming with PepsiCo and started growing potatoes in September-October instead of garlic. This contract farming is still going on.”
This way, he earns enough to support himself and his family.
It would certainly not be an exaggeration to say that he is a model for others to follow.
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Last updated Feb 27, 2021 2:48 PM IST