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ThisfarmerearnsRs.22lakhayearfrom2.1acresofland­KARNATAKA­TheHindu

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Published:April19,201000:00IST|Updated:September22,201013:09ISTApril19,2010

ThisfarmerearnsRs.22lakhayearfrom2.1acresofland

ThisfarmerearnsRs.22lakhayearfrom2.1acresofland

profitableventure:Innovativedriveandconstantexperimentationwithmulti­croppingmethodshavehelpedH.SadanandaofTapasihalliin

Doddaballapurtaluktoreaparichharvest.

B.S.SatishKumar

H.Sadanandagrows30varietiesofcropandevenbreedsdogs

BANGALORE:Atatimewhenthereisastrongperceptionthatfarmingisnotaprofitableventure,thisfarmerfromTapasihalliin

DoddaballapurtalukhascreatedwavesbyearningaprofitofaboutRs.22lakhayearfrommerely2.1acresofland.

Itishisinnovativedriveandconstantexperimentationwithmulti­croppingmethodsthathavehelped51­year­oldH.Sadanandatoreapa

richharvest.

Hecultivatesnearly30varietiesofcroponhisland,includingtomatoandarecaonhalfanacreeachwhichyieldhimRs.2lakhandRs.

50,000respectively.

Gingeriscultivatedalongwitharecaintheplantation,andityieldshimaboutRs.70,000ayear.Mr.Sadanandahasalsomadespaceinhis

arecaplantationforrearing250GirirajahenswhichhesellseverythreemonthstoearnaboutRs.1lakhayear.Thepoultrydroppingsare

valuablemanureforthearecaplantationwhileagriculturalwasteisusedasfeedforthebirds.

Hehasplantedabout2,000rosecuttingsonthree­fourthofanacre,whichfetcheshimaboutRs.4lakhayear,andhassetupagreenhouse

onone­fourthofanacreforcultivatingcapsicumandhigh­qualityrosealternatively.Capsicum,cultivatedforaboutsixmonths,yieldshim

aboutRs.5.4lakhwhiletherosevarietythatreplacescapsicumforthenextsixmonthsgetshimaboutRs.2.5lakhayear.Asmallvegetable

garden,afish­rearingpond,coconutandjackfruittreesontheperipheryofhisland,inadditiontocoffeeplants,papaya,sapotaandlime

treesalsofindaplace.Hiscowsproduce80to100litresofmilkaday.

Manure

Manurecomesfromvermicompostandtheslurryfromagobargasplant.Atinypondisfilledwithazollaplantswhichisagoodcowfeed.

Mr.Sadananda,whodependsonborewellforirrigation,hasinstalleddripirrigationsystemfortheentirelandatacostofRs.50,000

(excludingsubsidy).“Dripirrigationallowsmetoirrigatemyentirelandevenwithfourhoursofthree­phasepower,”hesays.Besides,it

preventsweedsandalsosaveshimaboutRs.400adayinlabourcosts.

Interestingly,healsobreedsRottweilerandGreatDanebreedsofdogstoearnRs.1.2lakhayear.

HehasbeenhonouredwithprestigiousawardsbytheUnionMinistryofAgriculture.Severalagriculturalscientists,farmersandVIPsfrom

Indiaandabroadvisithisfarm.

Innovativeideas

Mr.SadanandasaysthathisfarmincomeincreasedafterheadoptedinnovativeideasprovidedbytheDepartmentofBiotechnology'sBio­

ResourceComplexprojecttakenupinhisvillage.Hecanbecontactedon9342022146.

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