Majority of India’s population is involved in farming. They are the “Annadatas – the providers of food”. Every year, these farmers face difficulties like drought and flood, increasing debts etc. But they continue to sow seeds so that the world gets to eat and live.
Water scarcity is one of the major problems faced by farmers in India. To overcome this, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh has made a drip system of irrigation. He made this system using empty glucose bottles.
According to India Times, this incident is from a tribal district “Jhabua” in Madhya Pradesh. It is a hilly area, so the harvest is usually less here. Ramesh Baria, a farmer, found a way out.
In the year 2009-2010, he contacted the agricultural scientists of NAIP (National Agricultural Innovation Project). He described the problems of his area. So, the scientists guided him. They suggested him to start vegetable cultivation in a small patch during winter and rainy season. He had suitable land for this kind of farming. He started growing bitter gourd, sponge gourd etc. and made a small nursery.
Due to delay in Monsoon, there was a severe shortage of water could have spoiled the crop. Baria again took the suggestion from experts to develop this technique.First, he bought empty glucose bottles at Rs 20 ($0.37) per kg. Then he cut off the upper half to make an inlet. He hung it near the plants. This way water dripped from these bottles.
Every day, his children fill these bottles with water before going to school. With this technique, he made Rs 15,200 ($284) from his 0.1-hectare of land. Neither the plants died, nor was there any wastage of water. Gradually, the entire village adopted his technique. He also recycled plastic waste.
District Administration awarded a certificate to Ramesh Baria. He also got appreciation from Agriculture Minister of Madhya Pradesh.