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Published:April19,201000:00IST|Updated:September22,201013:09ISTApril19,2010

ThisfarmerearnsRs.22lakhayearfrom2.1acresofland

profitableventure:InnovativedriveandconstantexperimentationwithmulticroppingmethodshavehelpedH.SadanandaofTapasihalliin
Doddaballapurtaluktoreaparichharvest.
B.S.SatishKumar
H.Sadanandagrows30varietiesofcropandevenbreedsdogs
BANGALORE:Atatimewhenthereisastrongperceptionthatfarmingisnotaprofitableventure,thisfarmerfromTapasihalliin
DoddaballapurtalukhascreatedwavesbyearningaprofitofaboutRs.22lakhayearfrommerely2.1acresofland.
Itishisinnovativedriveandconstantexperimentationwithmulticroppingmethodsthathavehelped51yearoldH.Sadanandatoreapa
richharvest.
Hecultivatesnearly30varietiesofcroponhisland,includingtomatoandarecaonhalfanacreeachwhichyieldhimRs.2lakhandRs.
50,000respectively.
Gingeriscultivatedalongwitharecaintheplantation,andityieldshimaboutRs.70,000ayear.Mr.Sadanandahasalsomadespaceinhis
arecaplantationforrearing250GirirajahenswhichhesellseverythreemonthstoearnaboutRs.1lakhayear.Thepoultrydroppingsare
valuablemanureforthearecaplantationwhileagriculturalwasteisusedasfeedforthebirds.
Hehasplantedabout2,000rosecuttingsonthreefourthofanacre,whichfetcheshimaboutRs.4lakhayear,andhassetupagreenhouse
ononefourthofanacreforcultivatingcapsicumandhighqualityrosealternatively.Capsicum,cultivatedforaboutsixmonths,yieldshim
aboutRs.5.4lakhwhiletherosevarietythatreplacescapsicumforthenextsixmonthsgetshimaboutRs.2.5lakhayear.Asmallvegetable
garden,afishrearingpond,coconutandjackfruittreesontheperipheryofhisland,inadditiontocoffeeplants,papaya,sapotaandlime
treesalsofindaplace.Hiscowsproduce80to100litresofmilkaday.
Manure
Manurecomesfromvermicompostandtheslurryfromagobargasplant.Atinypondisfilledwithazollaplantswhichisagoodcowfeed.
Mr.Sadananda,whodependsonborewellforirrigation,hasinstalleddripirrigationsystemfortheentirelandatacostofRs.50,000
(excludingsubsidy).Dripirrigationallowsmetoirrigatemyentirelandevenwithfourhoursofthreephasepower,hesays.Besides,it
preventsweedsandalsosaveshimaboutRs.400adayinlabourcosts.
Interestingly,healsobreedsRottweilerandGreatDanebreedsofdogstoearnRs.1.2lakhayear.
HehasbeenhonouredwithprestigiousawardsbytheUnionMinistryofAgriculture.Severalagriculturalscientists,farmersandVIPsfrom
Indiaandabroadvisithisfarm.
Innovativeideas
Mr.SadanandasaysthathisfarmincomeincreasedafterheadoptedinnovativeideasprovidedbytheDepartmentofBiotechnology'sBio
ResourceComplexprojecttakenupinhisvillage.Hecanbecontactedon9342022146.
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