Combination of biological and scientific methods
When Rahul first started farming in 2006, his land was saline with total dissolved solids (TDS) ranging from 2,000 to 3,000. The calcium content was 21 and the pH level was 8.6. In addition, the organic carbon content was 0.4. The quality of the soil was so poor that its water holding capacity was only 35%. The high alkaline level and extreme salinity made farming here difficult and impossible.
naturally saline soil
As per a report by Krishi Jagran, Rahul says that the soil composition in this area was naturally saline, and the use of chemical fertilizers has worsened it. In addition, the groundwater they used for irrigation was also of poor quality with high amounts of minerals and salts. But today, Rahul has completely changed the situation. They grow residue free crops for export, earning them lakhs of rupees.
How did you do this feat?
He succeeded by setting up a Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant on his farm to treat the water and applying a combination of scientific and biological techniques to increase the yield. Rahul said that he found that any insecticide or insecticide must be mixed with distilled water before use for best results. Given the importance of soil health, Rahul needed to reduce the use of heavy chemicals in his soil.
earning in millions
Now Rahul gets a profit of Rs 4 lakh per acre from the total yield. They export all products as they are residue free and meet the quality standards of European countries and the United Kingdom.
also reduced cost
According to Rahul, by combining scientific and biological techniques, he has been able to cut his cost by 40%. They say that the number of farmers doing progressive farming in India is minimal, and they want more members of their community to invest in and adopt such practices. Rahul has not given up on pesticides completely. A private weather station is set up on his farm. They spray pesticides on crops as a precaution if there is a possibility of unseasonal rains or bad weather, such as hailstorms.