Higher Profit from Exotic Vegetables Cultivation
Shri Ramesh Verma, a farmer at Kasimpur Biruha, Lucknow is a very innovative and enthusiastic farmer having marginal land holding (0.506 ha). He has successfully introduced the cultivation of exotic vegetables in Lucknow district. Earlier, he was farming with his father and cultivated only rice and wheat with some vegetables like, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, potato and banana. This farming practice provided good returns only to meet out the family expenses. Shri Verma a keen observer and innovative by nature, tried to grow new crops. He visited KVK, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow. He received broccoli seeds from the KVK and started cultivating it. He continued to grow broccoli till 2009-10 since he was getting excellent returns from its cultivation.
A training programme at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow during 2010-11, provided him with detailed information about exotic vegetables cultivation. He approached the KVK for more technical guidance and availability of seed material. KVK Scientists arranged the seed material of broccoli, parsley, red cabbage, China cabbage, cherry tomato etc. for cultivation. KVK Scientists guided and helped him in every aspect right from sowing to harvesting. During the cultivation period, Scientists of KVK, ICAR-IISR regularly visited his field. He got more net returns during 2010-11 than the preceding years. During 2011-12, he started growing these exotic vegetables in his entire land (0.506 ha). He not only became the famous farmer in the area but also an expert in exotic vegetables cultivation. Scientists of KVK, ICAR-IISR guided him on the availability of market for sale of these exotic vegetables. Accordingly, he sold these vegetables to various multinational retailers and hotels.