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Alternative Farming Transforms The Lives of Two Telangana Farmers

At a time when Telangana's paddy farmers are struggling to meet their daily needs, two ryots from the Tadkal cluster in Sangareddy district are busy showing the world how to be the master of your own destiny.

Shivam Dwivedi
G Santosh, Agricultural Extension Officer of Tadkal cluster, with farmers
G Santosh, Agricultural Extension Officer of Tadkal cluster, with farmers

At a time when Telangana's paddy farmers are struggling to meet their daily needs, two ryots from the Tadkal cluster in Sangareddy district are busy showing the world how to be the master of your own destiny.

The two farmers are making a good amount of money now by growing alternative & unconventional crops. Both farmers thanked G Santosh, Agricultural Extension Officer of Tadkal cluster in Kangti Mandal, who has been lending them a helping hand for quite some time now.

Story of Mochi Pandari, a Progressive Farmer:

Tadkal cluster comprises four villages- Chapta (K), Chapta (B), Babulgam, and Tadkal- and is located along the border.

Around three years ago, while most ryots in Kangti mandal were growing paddy every season, Mochi Pandari of Tadkal village and B Havappa (Success Story of B Havappa) of Chapta (B) village realized that they needed to grow alternative crops to ensure consistent profits because paddy was causing them severe losses.

Pandari, with the assistance of Santosh, began growing basmati paddy in addition to other alternative crops to ensure a steady income. While most farmers of his generation believed that growing the basmati variety would not yield good returns, Pandari saw that it was in high demand across the country.

In his half-acre plot, the farmer currently grows basmati paddy. Pandari claims to get 4 bags of grain per season from this plot. He has also assisted other ryots by providing them with seeds to grow the basmati variety of paddy, which will eventually allow them to earn a good living.

In his half-acre plot, the farmer currently grows basmati paddy. Pandari claims to get 4 bags of grain per season from this plot. He has also assisted other ryots by providing them with seeds to grow the basmati variety of paddy, which will eventually allow them to earn a good living. He saved 1.5 quintals of crop yields and this is about Rs 6000 benefits per acre and the cumulative savings were Rs 18000 for three acres.

Pandari grows a variety of crops on the remaining five acres, including white sorghum, cotton, and lentils. The farmer also states that he only grows paddy during the Vanakalam season and raises alternative crops during the Yasangi season.

You can Read the Success Story of B Havappa here: https://bit.ly/31T3hez

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