by The Author on July 11, 2020
Sanjay Kumar, a local farmer, resident of village Kodai, development block Baragaon, tehsil Pindara, district Varanasi, tells his success story of Bel (wood apple or vine) cultivation with immense joy. He told that he had participated in an audio conference program organized by Reliance Foundation along with other farmers on 23rd February 2020. All the participating farmers, including him, questioned agricultural scientist Dr. Naveen Kumar Singh of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Varanasi about their farming problems through an audio conference and found suitable solutions as well.
Sanjay Kumar told that he has 6 Bel trees which produced a good number of fruits every year but the fruits used to fall down before attaining a healthy and big size. He was troubled by this problem for many years and sprayed various pesticides, bought from the market, on the Bel trees but all in vain. He also suffered considerable economic losses due to expenses incurred on pesticides. Therefore, he consulted the agricultural scientist who advised him to spray 1% solution of boron on the Bel trees once before flowering and once after bearing fruits. He bought boron from the market and sprayed it on the Bel trees as advised by the scientist which provided good results eventually. The fruits fell in quite fewer numbers this year compared to previous years, and healthy fruits of handsome size were obtained. He further told that not more than 25 fruits were obtained per tree in previous years due to which he could not get much economic benefit but this year he got about 60 to 70 fruits in one tree and 6 trees yielded 370-400 fruits in total. Thus, he received 250 extra fruits and earned an additional profit of rupees 9000 at the rate of 36 rupees per Bel fruit.
Sanjay Kumar told he was delighted to receive additional benefits for which he thanked Reliance Foundation from the bottom of his heart and now he keeps taking part in the programs organised by Reliance Foundation so as to solve his problems related to agriculture and animal husbandry. He told that he also keeps receiving information by calling Reliance Foundation's toll-free helpline number 18004198800 for all queries related to farming and livestock management.