Contrary to the fact that saline water is not suitable for crop growth, farmers in district Nuh, Haryana, are reaping benefits as high as a lac from one killa (0.4 hectares) by growing Broccoli. This change has been possible through the efforts of S M Sehgal Foundation that has been working with farmers in the region and encouraging them to grow salinity tolerant crops. For the past four years, the foundation team has been promoting Broccoli crop that gives good productivity in saline water, also resulting in decent earning by farmers.
Farmers in villages Mundaka, Ghaghas, and Mandikhera in Nuh, a region mostly having saline water, are now coming forward to grow Broccoli as the market rates for the crop are good (about Rs 30 per kilo) and in less than half of a hectare, the produce is 50-60 quintals (1 quintal=100 kgs).
Farmer Budh Singh Saini from village Mundaka has become a role model for fellow farmers in the region by growing Broccoli. He shares that his bore well had saline water. “I stopped growing vegetables due to low crop produce in saline water but now the situation is different. Looking at my success, many others farmers have resorted to Broccoli plantation.” He further shares that the nursery for Broccoli crop is made ready in the month of September and in the first week of October, the crop is transplanted in the field and by the end of December or early January, the crop is ready for harvest. Since Broccoli was not grown in the region, it comes in from Delhi, Gurugram or Alwar, however it is available for consumption in the area now, a must-recommended vegetable by doctors to people who have heart problems.