Mintu Devi is a diligent farmer of village Ratanpura, block Motipur, Muzaffarpur, Bihar. She was dissatisfied with her crop yields due to the difficulty in obtaining timely labor and insufficient knowledge about modern techniques of farming. Therefore, she was eager to learn and adopt improved farming practices. In 2018, Mintu Devi participated in a farmers meeting organized by Gram Utthan project of PTC Foundation, which is implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation. Subsequently, she was imparted a demonstration in 0.5 acres of her field with a modern package of practices (PoP) for potato, which included training on cultural practices, providing high-quality seed, micro fertilizers, and information on crop protection methods. She is motivated by the results and has decided to use more technology in her farming.
||Quantity of potato produced
||Increase in yield in potato due to use of modern PoP is 2,500–2,850 kg/ 0.5 acre
|2017 (Before PoP)
||1,200–1650 kg /0.5 acre
|2018–2020 (After PoP)
Authors: Ashutosh Singh and Ellora Mubashir
(Ashutosh is Assistant Program Lead, Agriculture in Bihar and Ellora is Manager, Partnerships at S M Sehgal Foundation)