Farmer’s Swap From Wheat to Turmeric Doubled Her Revenue to Rs 12 Lakh

Farmers historically domesticate wheat in Narmadapuram, Madhya Pradesh. However Kanchan Verma’s choice to transition to turmeric farming resulted in elevated revenue. She makes use of natural strategies and likewise sells powdered turmeric for increased returns.

Positioned on the financial institution of the Narmada river, Narmadapuram in Madhya Pradesh is known for its fertile black soil that yields high-quality wheat. In actual fact, the place is alleged to be competing with all the state of Punjab for wheat manufacturing. With good canal irrigation services, the farmers, nonetheless, additionally domesticate crops of soybean, sugarcane, gram, and paddy.

Making an attempt one thing new, a progressive farmer Kanchan Verma ventured into turmeric farming within the division. “Though I didn’t face any losses cultivating conventional crops, I wished to discover new crops for higher returns. As a farmer, we must always preserve experimenting within the area,” she tells The Higher India.

“By cultivating conventional crops, we have been in a position to earn Rs 1.5 lakh in an acre. Whereas, we now have doubled our revenue to Rs 3 lakh by rising turmeric,” provides Kanchan, who lives in Somalwada Khurd village.

Final yr, Kanchan bought a bountiful harvest of 400 quintals, incomes an revenue of Rs 12 lakh. We sat down with the farmer to learn the way she was in a position to reap large earnings by switching to turmeric cultivation.

Alongside cultivating vegetables, wheat, and maize, Kanchan sowed turmeric for the first time in 2020.
Alongside cultivating greens, wheat, and maize, Kanchan sowed turmeric for the primary time in 2020.

Previous area, new crop, large success

Coming from an agricultural background, Kanchan turned to farming quickly after her marriage. Alongside cultivating greens, wheat, and maize, the BA graduate sowed turmeric for the primary time in 2020.

“As soon as, I noticed a programme on tv that showcased some great benefits of taking over turmeric farming. To study extra about it, I went to the close by KVK (Krishi Vigyan Kendra) and undertook a coaching programme of seven days,” she shares.

Kanchan opted for the Sangli number of turmeric which has excessive curcumin turmeric and is usually used for medicinal functions. Along with its deep-orange color and wealthy aroma, Kanchan says, this selection produces large roots in comparison with different indigenous varieties.

She procured eight quintals of kachhi haldi (seed) from KVK at Rs 40 per kg. “Thereafter, we began tilling the farmland to take away weeds and scale back the soil compaction [relieve the tightness of soil], and stage the soil. After seedbed preparation, we added 4 trolleys (1 trolley includes 40 quintals) of cow dung within the soil. We then sowed germinated kachhi haldi within the beds. The method is just like sowing any tuber crop like potatoes,” she informs.

Kanchan claims she is the first such farmer to practice turmeric farming in this region.
Kanchan claims she is the primary such farmer to apply turmeric farming on this area.

In turmeric farming, the soil is often mounded across the base of a plant to get massive rhizomes. At first, Kanchan says she didn’t know the best time to earth up the plant. She later discovered that it was performed a month after planting the crop.

Whereas the sowing interval is between June and July, the crop is prepared for harvest by February-end. She factors out that it is vitally essential to bear in mind the type of soil used for cultivation. “Our area is known for black soil that’s appropriate for wheat cultivation. Nevertheless, a well-drained sandy loam soil wealthy in humus content material works nicely for rising turmeric,” she informs.

“Additionally, black soil is delicate when moist however kinds onerous blocks when it will get dry. So, we want a sandy loamy strong that’s well-drained. In our district, only some blocks together with our Kesla block have such soil,” she provides.

Speaking concerning the fertilisers and pesticides required for enhancing turmeric development, she says, “We solely use cow dung and jeevamrut (liquid natural manure) to spice up the fertility of the soil. In addition to, as turmeric in itself is antiseptic and natural, there are fewer probabilities of pest assault. Even when pests assault the crop, we use Trichoderma biopesticides to regulate the assault,” she says.

As she wished to watch out of rising a brand new crop, Kanchan sowed and used solely an acre of land to sow eight quintals of turmeric root. After eight months, she harvested bumper produce of 100 quintals.

Last year, Kanchan got a bountiful harvest of 400 quintals, earning an income of Rs 12 lakh.
Final yr, Kanchan bought a bountiful harvest of 400 quintals, incomes an revenue of Rs 12 lakh.

Processing uncooked turmeric for good returns

After harvesting the rhizomes, Kanchan processes all the produce to promote it in powdered kind. “As soon as we wash the roots, we boil them in water and dry them utterly underneath the daylight. Thereafter, we peel the roots and grind them. It takes about 15 days to course of the kachhi haldi (uncooked turmeric) into powder,” she says.

“In a batch of 100 quintals, solely 20 quintals are left after processing. However this step is extraordinarily advantageous as powder turmeric will get increased returns,” she provides.

Final yr, Kanchan earned Rs 3 lakh in opposition to the enter prices of Rs 50,000. At the moment, she has expanded turmeric cultivation on 10 acres of land. “This season, we anticipate an revenue of Rs 30 lakh,” she says with satisfaction.

Apparently, Kanchan makes 1 kg packets of powdered turmeric and sells total produce on the farm itself. “We don’t must go to the native market as we now have earned nice demand on the native stage. By the point any outdoors buyer reaches us, we now have often offered all our produce. Additionally, we promote our natural turmeric at Rs 150 per kg in comparison with Rs 240 per kg within the native market. We should not have any situation decreasing the worth as our price of manufacturing turns into much less with natural strategies,” she says.

Kanchan claims she is the primary such farmer to apply turmeric farming on this area.

“Native farmers right here have been reluctant to develop turmeric because it has an extended rising season however they ignored the truth that it offers definitive and big returns. Aside from with the ability to earn double revenue, it offers me immense contentment that I develop the produce organically. The extra we minimise using chemical pesticides, the extra toxin-free meals shall be there for our children to eat,” she shares.

Edited by Pranita Bhat. All images: Kanchan Verma.

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