Raigarh ryots switch to modern farming

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 12:03:01


Our Correspondent


DISTRICT farmers these days have adopted a new approach of increasing the income. Besides traditional farming, they are also indulged in producing seasonal vegetables, spices and flowers to enhance their earnings. For this, they are using advanced techniques of farming and are also expanding their agricultural area. The farmers are from Baramkela, Sarangarh, Pusour and Raigarh.At present, saplings of mango are being planted in 348 hectares, banana in 50 hectares and guava in 20 hectares. Besides, tomatoes are being produced on 3,600 hectares and potatoes on 3,435 hectares of land. Coriander (dhania) leaves are also produced throughout the year.

Out of all vegetables, priority is given to farming of coriander and tomato as they get good cost. Farming of coriander leaves is done in 2,450 hectares of land, producing 9,655 metric tonnes in all four areas. Besides being sold in local market, coriander leaves are also supplied to Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar.Farmers are using drip irrigation to have good agricultural produce in less water. Phanindra Pradhan, a farmer of Bade Bhandar in Pusour block is producing banana in two hectares land, Kedarnath Choudhary of Garhumaria is engaged in farming of tomato while Amod Khirwal of Bhathapali is indulged in farming of bitter-guard and tomato.
Pradhan and others said timely guidance of Horticulture officials and using Government welfare schemes helped in multiple farming. “We are now financially stable”, said Pradhan and others.