Farmer back in Italy gains ground in vegetable nursery and reaps profit : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, September 19

At a time when much of the farming population is hesitant to adopt new farming technologies, a farmer based in Jalandhar has achieved the best results by combining modern techniques with sound management. Amarjit Singh from Behram Sarishta village here has become an inspiration to other farmers as he continues to develop his vegetable nursery business making maximum use of available resources.

Amarjit Singh shows young trees in the nursery.

In 2011, this farmer returning from Italy started his vegetable nursery with a small plot of land. But he has now expanded to six acres, plus he has set up a small counter alongside his farm for direct selling, thus saving on commissions to middlemen.

Farmers and other residents of Jalandhar and neighboring districts and villages line up outside his counter to buy seedlings, raw seeds and other agricultural products. “We usually take bulk orders early in the morning by phone or via WhatsApp. Some local farmers buy up to 60,000 seedlings or more either to grow vegetables on their own farms or to resell,” says Amarjit, adding that he even receives orders from Jammu, Himachal and other countries. other states.

He says that using polyhouse, net house and techniques like drip irrigation, he grows seedlings of a variety of vegetables like bell pepper, cucumber, cauliflower, tomato, lettuce, broccoli, among others. “In polyhouse, plants are grown in a controlled environment with less water, limited sunlight and fewer pesticides. On the other hand, the mesh house allows necessary sunlight, moisture and air to pass through the gaps, providing an appropriate microclimate beneficial for vegetable growth,” Amarjit explains. For irrigation, he says he previously used the flood method. “However, the water was distributed unevenly to the crops, leading to seed damage and fungus problems. Now we use drip irrigation and it prevents disease and over-watering while saving time, money and water,” he added.

He further says that he now only uses between 70,000 and 80,000 liters of water for irrigation, compared to thousands of liters in the past. In addition, he has implemented a rainwater harvesting system on his farm, thanks to which he saves around 80 to 90,000 liters of rainwater.

Talking about his trip, why he came back from Italy and how the idea of ​​a vegetable nursery struck him, Amarjit says he comes from a farming family, and his father and grandfather were also farmers. . “Like the majority of young people looking for greener pastures to earn more money, I too moved to Italy. I was in a farming job there and learned a lot about the vegetable nursery But I wasn’t happy with what I was doing, so I came back and started a small vegetable nursery here,” he adds.

He says his wife Rajvir Kaur also helped him in his business. “I also received the Parwasi Bharti Award for ‘Diversified Farming System by Self-cultivated Farmer’ in 2016 from UPA in recognition of my efforts to diversify farming,” he points out.

Amarjit further says that the journey has not been easy for him. He faced many challenges, but the local Soil and Water Conservation Department was always there to rescue him. He says that whenever he needed advice, local officials helped him contact UPA experts. He says he also receives government grants for irrigation, machinery and other needs.

Lupinder Kumar, Soil and Water Conservation Manager in Jalandhar, says: “Amarjit, who is earning well, has become an example to other farmers, inspiring them to make the most of available resources, modern technology and assistance provided by the government.

Request for seedlings from his farm

  • In 2011, Amarjit Singh from Behram Sarishta village started his vegetable nursery with a small piece of land, which has now grown to six acres. He uses polyhouse, net house and techniques like drip irrigation to grow seedlings of a variety of vegetables
  • Farmers and other residents of Jalandhar and neighboring districts and villages line up in front of the farm to buy seedlings, raw seeds and other agricultural products. Amarjit even says he gets orders from Jammu, Himachal and other states

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