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Farmer Training Visit Day 1

Parli Taluka, Marathwada, which was becoming a graveyard for farmers is now experiencing a whole new series of transformations. The ‘Farmer Training Visit’ was conducted on the 5th and 6th December and was attended by a large number of farmers from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat. The aim of the two day program was to help farmers across the country to come together and explore the latest farming methods demonstrated by agri-professionals and farmers from parli.

Day 1 of the program started with a visit to a custard apple farm at Kumbhefal owned by Mr. Navnath Kaspate , the legend who created a new variety of the custard apple NMK 01 Golden, which has the capacity to grow on dry land. Who ever imagined that a farmer with dry land could really make a good fortune! A man with no academic degree created an innovative variety of this fruit for which he also received a patent. From how to plant a sapling to putting it into the market he explained each detail in a simple manner. The way he put forward the hurdles which came along with farming brought him much closer to the farmers as they could relate to it.

Next the team visited KVK, Ambajogai. The spokesperson at KVK, Mr. Narendra Joshi, demonstrated how to improve horticulture practices for farmers and made an excellent point of knowing your motherland while conversing with farmers. He explained that every region has its own features. One needs to know his motherland and what one can grow on it. Every soil is special in its own way. We can’t grow the famous Jammu apples in Maharashtra. That is absurd. That’s why soil testing is important.

Why was this so important to tell all? Sometimes farmers are so naïve that they watch others planting some crop and try to implement the same on their own land and completely ignore the fact that their soil is not meant for it and incur losses.

One of our groups got to have a live demonstration tour of the entire KVK Centre which included visits to different parts of the campus which had multiple fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, animal husbandry etc. The session in KVK was an eye opener for the farmers and encouraged them to think in a different way.

The last session of the day began with success stories of farmers like Vithhal Solanke, Rameshwar Chandak and others. And what would be the better place to meet other than their own farm as a farmer would relate more to another farmer. They asked numerous questions and cleared many doubts. They were inspired by the journey of these farmers and were eager to implement best practices on their own land. Every single success story had a tragic background where some of them had suicidal thoughts earlier but came out of it through sheer grit and hard work. A delicious dinner was planned on the farm itself.

Day 1 of the program started with a visit to a custard apple farm at Kumbhefal owned by Mr. Navnath Kaspate , the legend who created a new variety of the custard apple NMK 01 Golden, which has the capacity to grow on dry land. Who ever imagined that a farmer with dry land could really make a good fortune! A man with no academic degree created an innovative variety of this fruit for which he also received a patent. From how to plant a sapling to putting it into the market he explained each detail in a simple manner. The way he put forward the hurdles which came along with farming brought him much closer to the farmers as they could relate to it.

Next the team visited KVK, Ambajogai. The spokesperson at KVK, Mr. Narendra Joshi, demonstrated how to improve horticulture practices for farmers and made an excellent point of knowing your motherland while conversing with farmers. He explained that every region has its own features. One needs to know his motherland and what one can grow on it. Every soil is special in its own way. We can’t grow the famous Jammu apples in Maharashtra. That is absurd. That’s why soil testing is important.

Why was this so important to tell all? Sometimes farmers are so naïve that they watch others planting some crop and try to implement the same on their own land and completely ignore the fact that their soil is not meant for it and incur losses.

One of our groups got to have a live demonstration tour of the entire KVK Centre which included visits to different parts of the campus which had multiple fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, animal husbandry etc. The session in KVK was an eye opener for the farmers and encouraged them to think in a different way.

The last session of the day began with success stories of farmers like Vithhal Solanke, Rameshwar Chandak and others. And what would be the better place to meet other than their own farm as a farmer would relate more to another farmer. They asked numerous questions and cleared many doubts. They were inspired by the journey of these farmers and were eager to implement best practices on their own land. Every single success story had a tragic background where some of them had suicidal thoughts earlier but came out of it through sheer grit and hard work. A delicious dinner was planned on the farm itself.

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