This village of Jammu and Kashmir became ‘Strawberry Village’
Improvement in the economic and social condition of farmers
In order to promote horticulture crops in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government started Horticulture Mission under which the farmers were motivated to cultivate horticulture crops by providing necessary help and the result was very positive.
In many areas of Jammu and Kashmir, farmers could not earn that much profit from farming due to lack of proper water system and knowledge of new technologies. In such a situation, the Horticulture Mission run by the state government changed the lives of many farmers. Under this mission, all the farmers of Gusu village of Jammu and Kashmir started successful cultivation of strawberries. This village is now called ‘Strawberry Village’. The economic condition of the farmers has become much better than before. This mission has made farmers aware of new technology.
How was ‘Strawberry Village’ formed?
Abdul Ahmed Mir, a farmer from Gusu village on the outskirts of Srinagar, is a beneficiary of the state’s Horticulture Mission. He was given continuous help for the cultivation of strawberries from the department. Under the Technology Mission, he started strawberry cultivation in 1/8 acre land. Due to continuous support of the department, he has now become a successful strawberry grower. Not only this, now the entire village and the farmers of other nearby villages have also started cultivating strawberries.
Before adopting agricultural diversification, the income was only 20 to 25 thousand rupees, now the annual income per acre has reached around 5 lakh rupees. The economic condition of the farmers became much better than before and Gusu village came to be known as ‘Strawberry Village’.
Use of new technology
An awareness camp was also organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra under Horticulture Mission. This inspired the farmers to adopt new technology. One such farmer is Ghulam Kadir Bhatt of Gund Sathu village in Budgam district. He adopted canopy and basin management techniques. For this he got full guidance from the department. Before adopting this technique, there was hardly any fruit in his orchard, but after adopting it, his garden started bearing fruit and production also increased. He started earning Rs.8 lakh per hectare. This technique has now been adopted by the whole village, due to which the farmers are getting economic benefits.
Construction of water conservation tank
Many villages in Srinagar do not have proper irrigation system and are not able to cultivate fruits well due to their dependence on rainfall alone. In such a situation, Mohiuddin, a farmer of Chatterhama village in Srinagar, made proper arrangements for irrigation throughout the year by making water storage tanks under the Horticulture Mission, with the help of department. This increased the survival chances of the plants by 100%. Due to scarcity of water in this area, earlier the survival rate of plants was only 50 percent. Mohiuddin rather irrigate with the water stored in the water storage tank. His garden has emerged as a model garden. Seeing his success, many other farmers of the area also got water storage tanks built.
With the help of Horticulture Mission, the economic condition of the farmers improved and farming became the main means of their livelihood. Many farmers have now joined the mainstream and started cultivating fruits. In this way, the Horticulture Mission has greatly improved the economic and social condition of the farmers.
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