SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
M. Murali of Kolamasanapalli village in Chittoor District quit his small trading business and began “protected farming”. Today he is the proud owner of a polyhouse – a type of a greenhouse where a tunnel is built with polyethylene in a semicircular shape. Polyethylene sheets stabilize the ultraviolet rays and help in proper photosynthesis.
The crops are also protected from high humidity or high temperature as well as from birds and insects. “I came across a leaflet about the PMKSY programme on protected cultivation of high-value vegetables like European cucumber; so I met the officials and set up a polyhouse in an area of 2,000 sq mts (0.2 acres) with drip irrigation,” he recalls.
In a normal farm, nearly a third of the crops may be lost to pests but in polyhouse farming, the yield is about 3-5 times more, without much damage or loss. “We can farm any crop in a polyhouse regardless of season or place,” he adds.
Moreover, there is a 50% water saving thanks to micro irrigation. Murali reaped a net profit of INR 3.60 lakh from the European cucumber crop grown in his polyhouse – equal to that earned by open cultivation of vegetables in 5 acres.
Enthused by his success, fellow farmers in the village have come forward to take up protected cultivation in an area of 25 acres. PMKSY is like a godsend for the farmers of Kolamasanapalli.