An integrated approach to farming

An integrated approach to farming

I have never suffered loss in farming; nor have I taken loans from banks or money lenders. Integrated farming methods have helped me achieve self-reliance," says M R Shashi of Seebanahalli in Channapatna taluk.

He has gown a variety of crops in his nine-acre farm. Tiptur variety groundnut is grown in three acres with toor dal as intercrop. While mulberry and finger millet are cultivated in two acres each, vegetables are grown in the coconut farm. Horticulture crops like mango, jackfruit, cashew nut, tamarind also find a place in the farm. "It is not just the crop diversity that brings stability to farming but also related activities like dairy, poultry, fish farming and sheep rearing," Shashi points out. Not to mention, Shashi has taken up all these activities.  

"Appropriate crop selection, judicious use of natural resources, proper farm management and good marketing skills are key to success in farming," he says. While all the family members actively engage in farming activities, they also make use of farm equipment. "In this way, we are able to manage in spite of the shortage of farmhands," says Shashi. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore acknowledged his efforts and honoured him with the progressive farmer award recently. One can contact him on 8861155985.

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