From farm to foreign kitchen

By Monika S

Organic farming system is not new in India. It has been followed in ancient times as well.

The success story of Hukumchand Patidar has appeared in Satyamev Jayte Show. The spreadover of his organic farm is 40 acres. Resident of Manpura village of Jhalawar, he is the founder of Swami Vivekanand Agricutural Research Farm. The name of Hukumchand Patidar may not flash in a common mans mind but he is quite well known worldwide in the field of organic farming. Organic farming is being done regularly on Patidars farm. Experiments with various crops are being done. His farm provides organic products to 7 countries of the world. He is the recipient of various awards in the field of agriculture.

Hukumchand Patidar started organic farming in the year 2004. Initially he grew organic crops on 4 acres of land. The wheat crop suffered a drop of 40 percent in the first year but he was determined not to use any chemical fertilizers and sprays. Taking loan from bank, he prepared vermi-compost and used it on his crops. This resulted in a good crop and his losses were covered. He then started organic farming on 40 acres of land. Though he did face a number of problems like less production, no guidance, lack of availability of options, he did not give up. Since then he is constantly on the rise by using vermi-compost for his crop.