Integrated Farming Makes Marginal Farmer a Role Model in Kashmir Valley
Shri Gowhar Ahmad Ganie, 28, is a marginal farmer of village Bogund, situated at about 2 Kms from Kulgam in the south Kashmir. Total cultivable land available with the family is only 0.35 ha. They used to grow conventional crops like rice in kharif and brown sarson in rabi season. The low monetary returns prompted Gowhar along with his elder brother Tariq Ahmad to search options for meeting out this challenge.
Gowhar used to attend trainings/awareness camps and interactions with the scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Kulgam. This helped him develop interest in diversification of farming. The enthusiasm of the family including younger brothers and the women members opened new avenues for remunerative farming with technical backstopping on poultry, fishery, horticulture and floriculture from KVK, Kulgam. Guidance about different schemes and supply of critical farm inputs helped him in undertaking integrated farming on scientific lines. He established a fish pond over an area of 0.1 ha for which fisheries department helped him. Looking his interest and dedication, SKUAST-Kashmir provided him poultry birds. Due to huge demand of Vanaraja and Kurolier, he also approached Poultry Development Department for supply of more birds. Besides, Department of Agriculture and Department of Horticulture supported him with two polyhouses and other inputs for off-season vegetable cultivation and raising of seedlings for early supply in the market. Floriculture officer of Kulgam has recently allotted four poly houses for raising pot flowers and ornamental plants. KVK also supported him in the marketing of the material produced by him. He has also started growing lawn grasses and ornamental plants on a large scale, which have great demand in the area.