The zeal to learn something new inspires us to take risks and venture out for difficult tasks, instead of following the same routine everyday, working to get a secured life. No amount of money can give you security and satisfaction if you do not follow what your heart wants. If your passion is true, then your will definitely attain success.
We introduce you to 62-year-old Parthibhai Jethabhai Chaudhary, a former police officer, who followed his inner passion and made his journey successful. By changing the way of traditional farming, he is not just making huge profits for himself but also teaching the techniques to the farmers in his village. Parthibhai has revolutionized the idea of farming through innovation and proved that success comes when you work for it.
Quit his government job
Parthibhai, a resident of Dangiya village in Banaskantha, Gujarat, was a police officer. But his passion for farming and the desire to do something different made him quit his job 18 years ago. During the course of his job, Parthibhai got the opportunity to receive agriculture process training from McCain, a Canada-based multinational company famous for its products based on potatoes, and trains farmers across the globe to produce high-quality potatoes.
He learned the techniques of potato cultivation and started producing good quality potatoes in his own farm. However, scarcity of water was a major bottleneck of potato farming in his village. To solve this age-old problem, he resorted to drip irrigation technique.
Drip irrigation is a great way to save both water and fertilizers used for the cultivation of crops. In this method, water is dripped on the roots of the plants. This is done by arranging a structure of drains, pipes, and valves so that water is directly dripped on the roots only when necessary. Since it supplies water to the plants when required, the technique not just saves water and fertilizers but also helps in increasing the crop production.
Parthibhai is one of the first farmers to use drip irrigation system in his fields that enabled him to successfully overcome the problem of water shortage. With this technique, he produces potatoes in a place which hardly get 750 mm of rain every year. Initially, he would supply his potatoes to McCain only but now, he gets a good price from the local big potato chips manufacturers such as Balaji Wafers.
Huge profit from 87 acre-land
Today, Parthibhai cultivates potatoes in 87 acres of agricultural land. He sows the potato seeds in the initial ten days of October and harvests them in December. He produces 1,200 kg of potato per hectare of land. In his fields, one potato often weighs around two kgs. He has cold storage to keep them fresh and supply them as per the demand.</p><p>After three months of hard work in the fields, there is not much work required for the rest of the year. Parthibhai spends that time with his family. His manager and other employees look after the work in his absence. Currently, his farm employs more than 16 people and earning Rs 3.5 crore yearly by selling potatoes.
Parthibhai left his well-settled life to follow his passion has been successful in that. He was keen to learn something new by taking risk, which was all worth it. He is a motivation to everyone and the farmers to embrace innovation and achieve new heights.
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