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Small farmer’s big success makes heads turn

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A small K Narsimhudu of Sanjeevapuramu village under Bukkarayasamudram mandal has now become talk of the town.

Defying the odds stacked against agriculture in current times, K Narsimhudu of Bukkarayasamudram mandal nets a profit of Rs 23 lakh from his one hectare chilli crop after adopting drip irrigation

Bukkarayasamudram (Anantapur): A small K Narsimhudu of Sanjeevapuramu village under Bukkarayasamudram mandal has now become talk of the town. Defying the odds stacked against agriculture in current times, his well-thought decision to switch to drip irrigation for raising green chilli crop in his one hectare land has not put him down. Today, he is an ecstatic individual registering a net income of Rs 23 lakh from his chilli crop after deducting all expenses.

Narsimhudu who like most of the farmers had been struggling with traditional flooding irrigation system, besides incurring losses. Upon pondering over this for some time, he decided to try his luck with the drip irrigation system. His institution soon proved right in form of returning him with good yield and profits of unprecedented scale.

A man of few words, Narsimhudu shared with The Hans that he had earned a net income of Rs 8.62 lakh on a yield of 46 tonnes of chillies per hectare. But the same one hectare, he said improved his yield to 90 tonnes of chillies after drip irrigation system was adopted. Although the drip irrigation is expensive compared to traditional forms of irrigation, his profit margin is too much for his investment.

The cost of cultivation of one hectare in traditional irrigation form is Rs 1.50 lakh, while it is Rs 2.50 lakh in drip irrigation system. However, the net income shot up from Rs 8.62 lakh to Rs 20.50 lakh. Agriculture department assistant project director Vijayashanker Reddy said that small and marginal farmers were ushering in a silent revolution by switching to drip irrigation, which catered to water requirements of the crop giving no scope to wastage of water or flooding the crops with excess water, thus bringing down the yield.

He said that Narsimhudu is one example of the success stories of small farmers having one acre to one hectare of land. Narsimhudu is elated with such a big amount of money which he had never seen in his life. But besides this happiness, Narsimhudu is also a worried man: he doesn’t want to attract any publicity fearing “jealously” of his fellow farmers.

By Ravi P Benjamin

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