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Drip Irrigation turns a barren land to an orchard

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Drip Irrigation turns a barren land to an orchard

K.G. Venkatappa is 69 years old and his wife Gangamma is 60 years old. Venkatappa studied only up to 5th class. His son Srikanth is 38 years old and married. Srikanth too studied only up to 5th class. They have 4.70 acres of dry land and 3.30 acres under a bore-well. Venkatappa says, “The bore-well was giving only 1.5 inches of water. Therefore, I was afraid whether it will be sufficient for any crops. Whenever I went to the field to irrigate it, I used to sleep there along with my children. Never did I get any good crop yield. Instead, a lot of weed used to grow. Investment on labour itself used to be Rs. 25,000/- per 2 acres. I tried groundnut, paddy, onion and bajra.  All the crops consumed a lot of water. I used to get tired of having to work under the heat of the Sun to irrigate these lands. I got fed up and gave 2 years crop holiday to my field and became a labourer. I worked under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and 2 more members from my family joined me. We earned Rs. 15,000/- per month. But again I thought to myself that it was not proper for me to leave the land barren. Just then RDT came to our village with drip irrigation. That gave me new hope. After I went for drip irrigation, I cultivated onion in 2 acres of my land. I got 17,472 kilograms of onions. I got a net loss of Rs. 3213/-. But I did not lose heart. In the 2nd crop I went for onion, coriander and groundnut. This time I got net profit of Rs. 12,890/-. Encouraged by this, I went for tomato in my 3rd crop. This time my net profit was Rs. 2,65,069/-. By now I realized how drip irrigation helped to produce maximum crop with minimum water. The weed is much less and the use of manure is optimum. Investment on labour is less and the quality of crop is more. I have a very happy family now.”