Odisha’s Hirod Patel constructed a novel trellis system over the pond to develop greens. Right now, his farm has change into an experiment lab for different farmers and agricultural scientists.
Every single day, farmers from far and broad flock to see Hirod Patel’s fields. His progressive method has proved to be a beacon of success for them because the younger farmer from Odisha cultivates greens, not on the bottom however on the pond!
The 32-year-old farmer has adopted an built-in farming system to domesticate climbers within the sheds and observe pisciculture in farm ponds concurrently.
Practically eight years again, Hirod joined his farmer father Shiva Shankar who had been historically cultivating paddy. Like another Indian farmer, they’d usually relentlessly toil day and evening for meager returns.
Nevertheless, Hirod adopted an progressive method to make agriculture worthwhile.
In 2019, the Ratanpur village resident dug up 4 totally different ponds on his 10-acre farm with the assistance of the watershed improvement and soil conservation unit of the agricultural division.
With a view to utilise the house effectively, he first planted massive timber comparable to bananas, guavas, and coconuts across the pond. On the similar time, he constructed a trellis system over the pond to develop climbers, which additionally eradicated the necessity for watering the greens.
“We had already been rising bitter gourds on the bamboo trellis, so I obtained the thought to assemble a trellis system over the pond. Initially, I planted 120 crops of bottle gourds and harvested 1,800 items final September. This earned me Rs 35,000 of additional earnings,” Hirod tells The Higher India.
An electrician by vocation, he has additionally constructed a ship for himself to reap the greens, and earnings.
Learn the story in Hindi right here.
Edited by Padmashree Pande. All photographs: Hirod Patel.