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1. Gurdit Singh, is a self cultivating small scale farmer. He owns 5.0 acres of land. On an area of 5.0 acres, he is producing vegetables and fruit crops. 

He has good expertise in fruit and vegetable production. He has been continuously adopting innovative technologies generated by PAU for the last 7 years.  He has established Kinnow orchard in an area of 1.0 acre and mango (Dushehri) orchard on 0.5 acre during October-2005. Papaya plants have also been planted on about one kanal. He has also started propagation of mango through side-grafting technique after getting requisite training from KVK-Ropar. After getting the vocational training on net-house cultivation from KVK-Ropar, he has also established a unit of net-house in an area of one kanal in 2008 and produced 30 quintal of capsicum per kanal and earned a profit of Rs. 33,000/-. During kharif­-2009, he earned Rs. 30,000/- by growing coriander and cucumber in net-house. He prepared low cost infrastructure of low-tunnel for growing the nursery of chilli and tomato during winter season. Besides, he is producing onion through bulb set technique in an area of 0.5 acre and earning a profit of Rs. 25,000-30,000/-. He is cultivating garlic in two kanals with garlic planter and is getting 15,000-20,000/- as profit. He is successfully cultivating potato crop on 0.5 acre of land for seed production.  He also has good expertise in the cultivation of cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, chilli, bitter guard and baby corn maize. He is also selling vegetable nursery of chilli (CH-1), brinjal (BH-2), capsicum (Bharat), onion (Punjab Naroya/N-53) and tomato (Punjab varkha bahaar-1).  He is composting farm waste and makes use of crop residue as mulch material. He adopts all resource conservation technologies viz. bed planting, zero-tillage etc.

He owns the small implements like garlic planter, single row seed drill, hand wheel hoe etc. to reduce the input cost on vegetable production. He gets tractor and other costly machinery from Cooperative society, Bela on custom hiring basis. He attended about 20 different trainings on successful cultivation of fruits and vegetables from KVK-Ropar. He successfully completed one week training programme on General Greenhouse Management during February-2009 at Horticulture Training Centre-Pune (Maharashtra). Presently, he is also a member of PAU kisan club, PAU-state level vegetable and fruit growers committee, kisan club-Bela. He is regular member of Changi kheti since-2001. He has been honored 19 times for his excellent farm produce in produce competitions during kisan melas of PAU. His farm has been selected as Harsimran Farm School under Agricultural Technology Management Agency-Ropar. In this school, 25 farmers of adjoining villages have been selected for six on-farm training on fruit and vegetable crops during October-2009 to April-2010 for further dissemination of technology among the farming community

2. Sh. Surmukh Singh, hailing from Paprali village of block Morinda, Distt. Ropar is centre of attraction these days for the farmers of adjoining villages and even far away villages.

The reason is the innovative single bud technique used by him for sowing sugarcane along with intercrops. He was using traditional method of planting sugarcane since last 15 years. After attending trainings at KVK, Ropar and a exposure visit to the farm of progressive sugarcane farmer Sh. Avtar Singh of village Virk near Phagwara, he started planting sugarcane with a new technique known as single bud technique. He started planting sugarcane using single buds on beds. The bed is kept 32 inch wide with 16 inch furrow and is made is east west direction. The Sugarcane buds are planted on Southern slope keeping bud towards outer side. This helps in better germination because of higher temperature on Southern side. The distance between two buds is kept 2 feet. The bed top is used for growing inter crops. The irrigation is applied in furrows which results in considerable saving of water as well. The autumn sugarcane is intercropped with wheat, gram, garlic, lentil, mentha and Kharif onion for additional returns. In spring cane, summer moong, summer mash and onions are intercropped. He is getting 500-600 quintals per acre of sugarcane yield which is higher than what he was getting with traditional technique. He is getting income of Rs.1, 30,000 to Rs. 1, 50, 000 from one acre. He has not only reduced seed rate of sugarcane from 35 quintals to 4 quintals but has also increased cane yield considerably. He is a regular trainee at the trainings of KVK, Ropar. He is regular reader of Changi Kheti and Progressive Farming magazine published by PAU, Ludhiana. He utilizes each and every piece of land to its full potential. His full family is fully involved in agricultural activities. He has also been honored by various agencies including one from Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre, Karnal. Presently he has single bud planted sugarcane on 35 acres along with intercrops. He has trained 50 farmers and rural youth of adjoining villages to adopt this new technique. He has become a role model for farmers. His future target is to increase per unit yield to more than 600 quintals per acre and he is continuously working hard to achieve his aim.
3. Mr. Ashwani Kumar Shukla who is well known in Roopnagar and adjoining areas for the sale of quality honey and other bee products. He secured his carrier as a successful entrepreneur in Apiculture with an annual income worth Rs. 20 lakh per annum which is generated through the sale of pure honey, queen bees and bee colonies. The income from this fascinating hobby chiefly comes from about 800 honey bee colonies out of which 500 colonies are on single chamber and about 300 are on super chambers. The major chunk of his business is constituted by sale of pure honey sold under AGMARK brand AMRIT and other flavored products (Sunflower honey, Eucalyptus Honey, Litchi Honey, Mustard Honey and Multi-flora Honey).
Even he had set up his Honey sale outlet at Manali for sale of honey even frozen honey and other products like marmalades of Amla, Ginger and Garlic prepared from honey which is sold under Brand name Pure Kullu Valley Honey fetching premium price up to Rs. 400-500 per kg during tourist season in summers in Himachal Pradesh. He also migrates his colonies to Kullu and Manali areas for organic honey from pollution-free Himalayan pastures which had an exquisite taste, colour and texture, helping for sale of honey at premium rate and increase in number of bees through multiplication even some times he migrates his colinies to remote areas like Lahaul Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh the honey from these areas is pure white in colour and sold at high value of 800-1000 per kg. besides this the seasonal migration to other states like UP, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir, also adds great profits. Mr. Ashwani says bee are social insects with fantastic team working skills, you will need to work with them closely. Once they recognise you as part of their sophisticated team you are on your way. It’s a team-work, involving your beekeeping and the bees.
4. S. HARCHAND SINGH Owner of Kamaljit dairy farm S. Harchand Singh S/o S. Balbir Singh of Village Garanga is a progressive and innovative dairy farmer of the area. Matriculate by education and owner of 11.5 acres of land this young farmer has actually made the effect of technology live in view for farming community. S Harchand Singh got the training in Dairy farming from KVK Ropar in 2002 where he learned that proper management of dairy animals is the key to success. On the basis of knowledge acquired in training he started the Dairy farm with five stray animals and succeeded in making four of them reproduce. There has been no looking back since then. At present he is proud owner of 78 lactating cows 70 HF and 8 Jersey cows 40 heifers and 27 calves. The highest yielder is producing 54 kg/day. There are three cows in the herd which are producing more than 50 ltrs./day and 12 cows which yield 40-50 kg/day with average daily yield reaching upto 900 Kg /day.
He provides good management practices to animals like Italian type cattle shed, automatic milking parlour, round the year silage making, ad lib feeding, pond for animals bathing, regular deworming, vaccination etc. Harchand Singh has been preparing his own cattle feed according to the consultation with PAU Scientists and proudly follows all the PAU guidelines for scientific rearing of animals. KVK has been continuously organizing trainees’ visits at Kamaljit dairy farm as exposure visits. Even farmers who are to start their enterprise have been continuously sent to Harchand Singh for guidance and purchase of animals and the farmer has always extended a very helping hand. Member of Punjab Dairy farmers Association Harchand Singh is proud winner of about 50 awards and prizes at district as well as state level. To name a few:
  • First prize in buffalo milk competition held at Ropar by AH deptt in 2006.
  • 2nd prize in milk competition at first PDFA cattle fair held at Ludhiana 
  • Winner of state level award by Punjab govt. on15 Aug 2008
  • Honoured by Deputy Commissioner on 15 Aug for consecutively two years in 2008- and 2009
  • 2nd prize in HF milk production and 3rd prize in breed competition in  Nov 2008  at cattle fair show held at Patiala
  • Winner of district level award  by ATMA in 2009
  • Received trophy for highest milk yielder at NDRI, Karnal Dairy Mela on 21- 22 march 2009
  • Winner of Chief minister award by Punjab Agricultural University in  March 2010

                 Adding to his success he has also started the enterprise of piggery and fisheries cattle feed manufacturing and cattle breeding farm. 

5. MRS. VIJAY SHARMA aged 40 years, a resident of Haveli Kalan, Ropar has two children and her husband is working in a private company in Ropar. As children are grown up and are busy with their studies and husband busy with his job, Vijay was free at home after completing her daily household chores. She approached Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ropar and attended one month training on cutting and stitching of garments. Although after completing her matriculation,

she got Diploma in stitching and she had basic knowledge of stitching but after many years of married life she was out of touch with this work. When she attended one month training, she decided to pursue this work as an enterprise. She initiated with her old sewing machine and started getting orders from neighborhood. She charges Rs. 70/- per salwar suit which is much lower than the market rate and stitches 2-3 suits a day. She has also employed one assistant for her help and is paying her Rs. 15/- per suit. Now her monthly income is Rs. 5000/- to 6000/-. After successful running of her enterprise, a few months later she purchased a motor driven sewing machine from her own income. Now, her workload is increased but is managing her enterprise successfully. She is very happy as now not only she is engaged in work at home but also is supplementing her family income. Now she is able to invest her money in the overall development of her children, for purchasing more items for her home. She has her own social status in the society. She is now not only economically sound but also socially enjoying her status in the society. This enterprise is proving boon to her and empowering her socially, economically and psychologically. She has more say in her home and is more confident than before.
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