Indians have a natural ability to move towards self-sufficiency. It is directly related to self-respect and self-reliance. Network 18 initiative Swabhimaan Bharat, Presented by ITC has selected stories from across the country in which people have solved their problems without any government help. These stories are about new experiments and self-reliance that define us as a nation. Today is the story of the Kutch farmers of Gujarat who are growing strawberries using modern farming techniques.
In the last 2 decades, farmers in Gujarat have made a living from horticulture, especially in Kutch. Fruits like mango, pomegranate and guava are often cultivated in India. Their new focus is strawberries. A fruit that traditionally grows only in cold and mountainous places.
The farmers of Riddi village, about 20 km from the city of Bhuj, bought strawberry plants from Lonavala in Maharashtra and planted them in the dry land of Kutch. Haresh Thakkar planted 30,000 thousand strawberry saplings on 1 acre of land. With the help of unique and modern farming methods, the plants were hosierly adapted to hard and dry land.
The efforts and experiments of Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Gujarat, together with farmers like Haresh have been successful in strengthening natural farming and Zero Budget is giving a boost to farming and this kind of farming is contributing brilliantly to the economy of this village. is.
After the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, the farmers of Kutch are doing a great job in farming.
By walking on the path of self-respect, the hard work of those farmers is now beginning to bring color and the cultivation of strawberries is taking place.