Deogarh: Narendra Kumar Sahu of Kanjiamba village under Reamal block in Deogarh district in Odisha is hopeful of reaping rich harvest this year.
The 30-year-old has been doing farming since last 14 years. After Class X, he started helping his father in the agriculture field. Three years ago, the responsibility fell entirely on Narendra’s shoulders after his father took ill.
Now, he is the sole breadwinner of the family comprising father, mother, wife and two daughters.
“I have two acres of land. I grow paddy in an acre and vegetables in the remaining land,” said Narendra.
Along with paddy, Narendra earlier grew parwal, chilly, tomato, brinjal, ginger, banana, pineapple and orange.
“I depended on medicine stores to control pest and insects’ attacks. But they came back to haunt me,” said Narendra.
“I read ‘Krishi Bartta’ (Agriculture-related message) given by the Reliance Foundation from an Odia daily about four months back. I got many information on how to control pest attack. I also read the Odia daily to get more information on farming,” he added.
He is expecting better yield this year. “Last year, I had invested Rs 15,000 in paddy farming and got Rs 30,000. This year, I have invested Rs 10,000 and hope to get Rs 40,000,” Narendra said.
“Likewise, I had invested Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 last year on vegetable farming and got profit of near about Rs 45,000. After following the ‘Krishi Bartta’ of Reliance Foundation, I invested about Rs 22,000 and have already received Rs 60,000 as profit. I hope to maket Rs 30,000 more from vegetable farming,” he added.
“Overall, I have invested Rs 35,000 on two acre land and hope to get near about Rs 1.35 lakh in total,” said Narendra.
“I am really thankful to the Reliance Foundation, as it is giving right information in right time,” he added.