Bajali’s farmer flourishing with strawberry cultivation

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HT Correspondent

BAJALI, March 5: Gauri Deka, a sexagenarian, innovative and successful horticulturist of Bezkuchi village near Patacharkuchi in Barpeta district is shining with his innovative farming works. He set up his identity as a model farmers and now very busy in harvesting strawberries in his field, his second experience of such a cultivation.

People from various corners including from agriculture department have started visiting his field to witness the rare kind of cultivation and have praised his effort. He informed that a number of people from outside the state, who are working here, also came to his field and encouraged his endeavour in last year. “I was very happy when people from long distances arrived my agriculture field and expressed their surprise to witness such a cultivation, the cultivation gave me huge amount of income from a small plot of land”, said Gauri Deka to this correspondent.

Deka, who spent his life from early ages in agricultural works with his unique skill, has proved that there is ample scope for strawberry cultivation in the locality which is very profitable compared to other kinds of cultivation. At the beginning, he was not so interested in it and was unaware about the high demand of the fruit in the market. But with his experience of last year, and lot of encouragement from the people he started to sell the fruit from the field with new spirit at the cost of Rs 400 per kg.

The traders rush to his field to collect fresh strawberry. This year he planted 1,000 sapling of straw berry collected from Himachal Pradesh and Punjab varsities. It is worth mentioning that he is successful to preserve some of its stamps from last year cultivation. He spent Rs 65 per plants. He also collected some plants from KVK Barpeta. Now all the plants are in lash green state and started to yield fruits which wore ornamental looks to his garden.The ripe strawberries and the extraordinary flavor make him spend most of the time of the day in the field so that the enthusiastic farmer can guard the fruits from the birds as well.

He informed that this year production of strawberry will be increased comparing to last year. If a plant gives five kgs of strawberry he will able to cultivate 5000 kg of fresh strawberry in this season. The farmers who have sufficient skill in agriculture never use chemical pesticide and fertilizer from market. He only uses vermicompost and cow dung in his cultivation. When he has already earned a fame and brand in the locality for organic farming and as a result his productions have a remarkable demand in the local market.

Mention may be made that he also trains up young son Khagen who is also extending him assistance and enjoying the cultivation. Khagen collects information about strawberry cultivation procedure from the internet. He is very interested to carry on the cultivation in complete organic farming in the near future which has proved to be a profitable one.This year he also earned a lot from selling brinjal in the market.

Deka needs no introduction since he has earned a lot of accolades at various levels earlier. Now in his garden, there are chestnut plants, pears and various breeds of palms, mangoes and vegetables.

This year he earned huge amount by selling speciall varities of plam. He informed that he has already sold at least 30 kg of plam at 60 rupees per kg.

Earlier, he had also received a number of trainings in the field of agriculture at different levels. After all, at present he has turned his garden into an agricultural research field from where any interested farmer can earn knowledge of farming.

Broillar duck farming- He in the last year also made an experiment by rearing broiler duck. He took a batch of 30 and within two month he sold his duck 600 per duck. This year too with the help of KVK Barpeta he started a batch of 130 duck all are now growing very fast. As the demand of duck meat in the market is high there is ample scope from the unemployed youth to open such broiler duck farm he added. After all his experiment yielded positive result and which will undoubtly brings a positive message to the society.

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