Netafim, an Orbia business and global leader in precision agriculture solutions, under Better Life Farming, is helping Shivpuri farmers grow more tomatoes with less spending on Agri inputs.
Under the initiative, farmers are encouraged to adopt drip irrigation technology. The drip irrigation systems are provided through four Better Life Farming (BLF) Centres present in Khajuri, Kolaras, and Pohari region of Shivpuri district.
Netafim has implemented drip irrigation system to cover 1,600 hectares of land in Shivpuri district. The farmers across Shivpuri district have witnessed higher crop yield and higher total income.
The drip irrigation technology has helped farmers grow around 30 tonnes tomatoes in one acre and get a total income between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh compared to the previous 20 tonnes and income of Rs 1 Lakh to 1.2 Lakh, in one acre.
Shivpuri district boasts of a net cultivable area of 4 lakh hectares out of the total available land of 10 lakh hectares. It is one of the leading tomato crop producers in Madhya Pradesh. Traditionally, the district farmers produce 2.5 lakh metric tons of tomatoes in a total area of 8,145 hectares.
Despite being famous for tomatoes, small farmers in Shivpuri often face challenges to cultivate and harvest tomato crops when the prices are optimum.
One of the major reasons behind this is flood irrigation in tomato farming. Tomatoes require a high-water supply, especially in the phase immediately after transplant, to reach their full potential in the production process. It is precisely where irrigation technology comes into play, and Netafim, a global BLF Alliance partner, has taken on this task.
To create a conducive farming environment and replicating the successful model of drip irrigation technology for tomato farm fields across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat, Netafim is constantly endeavouring to implement drip irrigation systems across the district.
The company offers FlexNet Portable Drip Kit in the Shivpuri district for farmers to benefit from the flexibility and customisation for their convenience.
The community of farmers is benefiting from cutting-edge micro-irrigation solutions tailored to their farmland. The advanced technology offered by Netafim India has enabled farmers to optimise their farming practices, improve productivity and profitability.
Drip Irrigation provides measured doses of water and nutrients at the right time directly to the root level, eventually reducing the input cost by 25 per cent and increasing profitability for farmers.
The FlexNet Portable Drip Kit is available for as small as 1 Bigha plot and large fields. The drip kit comes in a box, thus, easily movable and convenient to carry. The farmers can install the drip kit without any technical support and labours. The kit offers multipurpose features. Once the farmers harvest the tomatoes, they can further use the sub-main pipe of the kit to do furrow irrigation during wheat harvest as well.
Speaking about the success, Amit Maheshwari, Head of Business Development, Netafim said, "Access to high-quality Agri inputs, financial and technical assistance are accelerated to tomato growers in Shivpuri through Better Life Farming centres. However, district farmers must focus on the optimum use of Agri inputs and time their tomato harvest. We believe sustainable technologies like adoption of drip irrigation technology will augment tomato farming and make it a lucrative crop. We are happy to share that this technology is now available at the centres and in the easiest format possible.
"In the coming time, Better Life Farming Centres in conjunction with the expertise of Netafim will serve as catalysts for change in the agricultural landscape and foster a sustainable as well as prosperous farming ecosystem in the district," Maheshwari said.
Madhya Pradesh has a total of 65 centres of BLF and the number keeps rising steadily. The successful alliance of Better Life Farming through its centres provides holistic farming solutions, including high-quality agricultural inputs, the finest seeds, and cutting-edge micro-irrigation technology in deep rural areas.
Better Life Farming is a global initiative by Bayer, Netafim and IFC to help smallholder farmers. The successful alliance of BLFA through its centres provides holistic farming solutions, including high-quality agricultural inputs, the finest seeds, and cutting-edge micro-irrigation technology in the deep rural areas.