SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Yaman Chand of Hirni village in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh has studied up to class 10. But words like precision farming, drip irrigation and high-density farming are terms of daily use for him. So familiar is he with new horticultural techniques and that is thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
Yaman Chand was cultivating vegetables and traditional varieties of fruits using the conventional Kuhal irrigation method, in which surface channels divert water from natural flowing streams. His earnings were paltry.
The launch of PMKSY in his village changed things. The District and horticulture officials advised him to adopt the drip irrigation system. “I switched over to the high-density plantation of apple and planted 600 plants of superior quality apples in one hectare of my land. The district officials also helped me to install a drip irrigation system which ensured 100% survival of plants because I could water my orchard during the stress period and also during flowering, fruit setting, fruit development and the peak period of May and June,” he says.
More importantly, Yaman Chand was able to cut down on the labour cost and save water at the same time. His newly-planted apple orchard is likely to bear fruits after 3-4 years compared to the traditional method which takes 6-7 years. And his income is estimated to double compared to the conventional method. Mention PMKSY, he looks at his apple trees and smiles.