Farmer Name: G. Bhaskar Rao
Cluster – Veeraghattam, Srikakulam
Mr.Rao has laid a micro-field behind his house in 0.4 acres of land where he grows tomato.
He uses nylon net along with GA wire to give support to the plants along with pursuing ZBNF practice.
Seeds – Rs. 225
Poles – Rs. 1500
GA wires – Rs.1000
Nylon net – Rs.1200
FYM – Rs.300
Cement bags for planting – Rs.250
Neem oil- Rs. 140
Total expenditure: Rs. 4615
He started the tomato picking since mid November and has been getting a yield of 25 kg/day on an average. Each kgs he sells it for Rs.15/kg leading to a net income of Rs. 29135 till date. The tomato crop has a 90 day picking life and another 60 days picking is expected where he estimates an income of Rs. 6000 bringing his entire seasons profit to Rs.39750.
An output in just 0.4 acres of land is a definite reminder that good things comes in small packages.