Ludhiana: Adopting vegetable farming proves beneficial for several farmers and by earning huge money a farmer of Nathowal village has set a perfect example. The innovative farmer Sardar Khan of village Nathowal, near Raikot, has also involved his family in farming and earning huge money. Sardar Khan’s son Jasvir Khan informed that his family is into farming for the last 50 years and at present, they are doing farming on around 35 acres of land, which they have taken on contract.
Around three years ago, they started growing vegetables on half acre of land, which they have increased to 4 acres this year. In the coming years, they plan to increase area under vegetables. Jasvir Khan informed that they took on to growing of vegetables after the electricity in state became surplus. He said that with vegetables, they can have a daily income, which is very useful for them.
He said that from four acres of land, they sell vegetables worth around Rs 2,500 to 3,000 daily in local market at Raikot. He said that although they have to work much hard for growing vegetables as compared to wheat and paddy, but if the government increases subsidy on seeds of vegetables and provide proper marketing, a large number of farmers can adopt growing vegetables. Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Sukhpal Singh Sekhon said that at present, vegetables are grown on around 3,000 hectares in Ludhiana district and this area is increasing every year.
He said that the state government is also providing subsidy to farmers on vegetable seeds as well as equipment. He appealed to farmers to come forward and start growing vegetables if they want to earn more profit.
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