Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 21: Over 70 farmers in the Kandi belt area of Panchayat Hote in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district are earning a handsome amount of money after selling their produce which they grew using methods of organic farming, mostly in rainy seasons.
The agriculture department is helping them in learning new techniques to increase the quality production of seasonal vegetables such as cucumbers, ladyfinger, brinjal. The administration has taught them about cluster vegetable cultivation. However, while talking to ANI, farmers requested the government to provide an irrigation facility in order to sow vegetable crops throughout the year.
“The department is helping us in learning new ways to grow more crops and increase production. We have a good production of cucumbers… We sell it in two-three days in the market at Rs 25-30 per kg. It helps us in generating revenues. We use the techniques of organic farmers. We do not use fertilizers,” said Charan Singh, a farmer in the Kandi belt.
Another farmer Prem Singh said that he sows the vegetables in the rainy season keeping in view the shortage of irrigation facilities in Kandi belt areas.
“The sarpanch of our village and department helped us in learning cluster vegetable cultivation in the scientific way of vegetable production for earning good profits. They are now developing a project and will help us in providing waters. We sow vegetables keeping in mind about the irrigation facilities. If water facilities improve, we will be able to produce more crops,” Singh said.