Super Cahmpion Farmer

          I am Vikas AnnasoThombre, I have been cultivating sugarcane continuously for the last 10 to 12 years, but in general my sugarcane production was not exceeding 40 to 55 tons per acre due to lack of water and modern techniques in sugarcane cultivation. I have been cultivating sugarcane for the last 10 years but I have never tried to change it to modernity, you can say it lacks willpower or fear of loss. Many new experiments in sugarcane cultivation should be known from other farmers or through dissemination but without knowing its full details and scientific reasons there was a slight depression during the execution.

          Similarly, in 2019, ITC started implementing the “Integrated command Area Development Project” under the ITC Mission SunehraKal program in my village. Under this program, we were understood that a farmer’s school was to be established in the village, and guidance on sugarcane and grape crops was to be given. So I immediately got my admission to that farmer field school. After that training classes started in the village through ITC, I also started going to that training, first, they have given us a farmer’s diary in the training class in which we were taught to balance the cost of the Gradually, in each training, they explained the modern techniques in sugarcane cultivation and their importance and benefits. In each training, they explained the modern techniques of sugarcane cultivation, its importance, and its benefits. if we wanted to make a new change in our farm, then we have some questions in our mind like, why?, what are its advantages, what are its problems and what are the ways to do it, when the farmer knows that they accepts the change immediately & ITC did the same thing.ITC had a clever approach to sugarcane cultivation, first making low-cost nurseries and replanting sugarcane seedlings at home, second planting spacing 5 by 2 feet, third using drip irrigation, and fourth mulching sugarcane without burning the stalks. Each of these techniques had its own unique significance and benefits as they were told us in the training, so I decided to   implement this Chatursutri in my field. Meanwhile, the ITC team also took us on a study tour to a farmer’s farm who had already increased his production by implementing these four principles in his field, so I was convinced. That’s why I inoculated my Adasali sugarcane through ITC’s Sugarcane Farming Chatursutri.

          I started to notice a difference in the early days after planting. Since I did the sugarcane seedlings at home, I saved the cost of seeds, replanting the seedlings saved me two watering shifts, and saved one weeding, which reduced my expenses. Even after that, Mr. Pradip Dubal from ITC was coming to the field and giving guidance on fertilizer and disease management. Sugarcane was getting water and fertilizer at the right time as irrigation and fertigation were planned through drip irrigation, which saved water and reduced my expenditure on unnecessary fertilizers.

          These changes in farming had brought about a very positive change in my field, saving water, reducing production costs, and increasing my crop yields. By the end of the season, my cane had reached up to 25 to 30 branches. After harvesting, my cane production averaged 81 tons per acre, which is an increase of about 30-32 tons per acre with this ITC’s Sugarcane Farming Chatursutri. As a result, many other farmers in my village will start cultivating sugarcane with this technique from this year.

 

Low cost nursery
Adoption of drip irrigation & wide spacing while cultivation

Following are the changes I made in my sugarcane farm after enrolling in Farmers Field School:

Sr. No. Practices Before joining in FFS After joining in FFS
1
Variety
Co-86032 Home based
Co-86032 Certified
2
Seed treatment
No
Treated as per recommend in FFS training
3
Low cost nursery
No
Yes
4
Spacing
Regular
Wide spacing as per recommend in FFS training
5
Drip irrigation
No
Yes
6
Use of bio fertilizer
No
Yes
7
Use of FYM
Yes (6 Tonne)
Yes (9 Tonne)
8
Fertilizer management
As per local fertilizer shop in 2 stages
As per recommend in FFS training: Basel dose in 3 stage Drip based fertilizers as per need
9
Disease management
No
As per recommend in FFS training