Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Aug 7: Lavjora, a hamlet in Bhula panchayat of Bodam Block is the domicile of traditional farmers. But things are steadily changing for the better with multi or mixed farming based on advanced techniques. The income levels of the farmers have improved rapidly and the credit for the development goes to the agriculture department of ATMA. An example of economic growth is farmer Prafulya Mahto.
Initially, Prafulya took to traditional ways of farming. He was picked by ATMA and made Krishi Mitr (Farmer’s friend). While functioning as Krishi Mitr he inspired other farmers to attend farmers’ conclaves, training and technical tours. Prafulya Mahto himself was inspired by the Block Technical and Assistant Technical Managers to undergo training conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agriculture Science Centre). There was no looking back for this Lavjora farmer. He became a trendsetter in simultaneous cultivation of paddy and vegetables. He is currently following the row-wise paddy seedling plantation format and he is reaping double the harvest as compared to the yields based on traditional methods. His acquired innovative technicalities has seen him getting good returns in Rabi vegetable crops like tomatoes, cauliflower, bitter gourd and brinjal along with paddy cultivation.
During the 2019-’20 period, seeing his interest in fish rearing, he was sent to West Bengal to gain the latest nuances of successful fishery venture. The ATMA initiated effort aroused the keen interest of farmer Prafulya Mahto who, during the Kharif season farmed fish spawn not only in his own pond but also took several others on lease. He earned Rs 1.50 lakh out of this business.
Even during the pandemic phase, Prafulya Mahto’s income sources have not dried up. State registered organization, ‘All Seasons Farm Fresh’ ensured that his vegetable yields were collected from his fields against spot cash payment and delivered to homes regularly. In fact, Prafulya’s enhanced income has seen to good education of his siblings and children and today, they have settled into comfortable ways of earning. But the scope of improvement is unending. The District Agriculture Officer-cum-Project Director of ATMA, Mithilesh Kumar Kalindi visits farmers at regular intervals and updates them on the latest farming techniques.