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Horticulture with micro–irrigation

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Horticulture with micro–irrigation

J. Gouramma transforms herself from a stubborn groundnut farmer to a successful and eco-friendly horticulturist

“My name is J. Gouramma. We belong to KP Doddi village, which is about 35km from Rayadurg. Like all farmers, I was crazy about groundnut crop, despite incurring losses year after year. In 2001, after attending an RDT-organized workshop on horticulture, I decided that I should try it. In 2002, I planted mango in 4 acres, which is half of my land. Three years convinced me and I planted mangoes in my entire land. But I was still doing it in the irrigated way, wasting a lot of precious water. RDT proposed drip irrigation. Changing to drip saved me a lot of water, transportation and labour. Between 2008 and 2017, I had two drip irrigation units installed in my field. By 2017, my net income increased to `4,00,000/- per year. The income did not drop even in drought years. My family and I are happy not only for our economic growth but also for contributing to the increasing vegetation in our village.”