B. Lavanya of Yelkal Women Farmers Club (WFC) shows the way on multi-cropping, drip irrigation, and bio leaf extracts as pesticides
Twenty-eight-year-old B. Lavanya from Yelkal, Raipole Mandal, Siddipet district, Telangana, and her husband work hard to get a high yield from the hybrid varieties of vegetables, particularly beans, green chilli, coriander, and tomato, in three acres of their field. Lavanya also grows potato on part of their land. In her village, a development project of Hytech Seed India Pvt. Ltd. was implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation, where Lavanya became a member of Yelkal WFC in November 2019, and so received training on integrated nutrient management (INM) and integrated pest management (IPM). Lavanya says, “An exposure visit to Ankapur village, Nizamabad district, helped me understand nutrient management in multi-cropping, due to which, my husband and I are growing beans, coriander, and chilli using the multi cropping method this year. Besides, I have now started using bio manure, bio leaf extracts, and drip irrigation.”
Use of bio manure and organic pesticides helps her to save about INR 2000.
B. Lavanya’s field is a model on multi‑cropping, drip irrigation and use of organic fertilisers for crop improvement
Authors: Salahuddin Saiphy and Ellora Mubashir
(Salahuddin is principal lead, Water Management and Ellora is communications specialist, Partnerships, S M Sehgal Foundation)