Ali Mian and Paresh Chandra made the barren land fertile, the production of crops increased by 200 percent
Village farmers problem of barren land solved in three phases
Madhupur village in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal was facing many problems. Agriculture in the area was badly affected due to the diversion of rivers. Meanwhile, two farmers of the village took up the task of making the barren land green again. Paresh Chandra Sarkar and Sona Ali Mian, both decided that they would collectively make the barren land fertile again, so that the village would be able to increase its yield and the farming families could live a decent life.
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Both knew that once the soil is improved, the land would be suitable for the cultivation of jute and other kharif crops such as hemp and paddy. But both of them knew very well that it would require people’s cooperation and hard work.
Both Ali and Paresh went on with their mission. First, the two formed a group of 30 farmers. He, then approached the Agriculture Department for assistance under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVI). The members of the Gram Panchayat also supported him a lot.
Problem solved in three steps
The plans were prepared in different phases. The first phase focused on bamboo piling, barrier bunding and soil erosion prevention. In the second phase, work was done on soil conservation and other aspects of land reclamation. In the last and third phases, methods of increasing crop production, maintaining soil moisture and conserving water by various techniques were worked out.
Up to 200 percent increase in production
The results of this collective work have been spectacular. There was an increase in productivity. The productivity of jute reached from 0.8 to 1.3 tonnes per hectare. The production of Kharif paddy was 1 to 2.22 tonnes per hectare and winter vegetables 5 to 12 tonnes per hectare. That is, there was an increase of about 200 percent in Kharif crops and 250 percent in Rabi crops.
This improved the socio-economic condition of the farmers of Madhupur village. Today, when Ali and Paresh remember those days of struggle and achievements, a smile blossoms on their faces.
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