Rural women in Rajasthan are leading the way in agricultural innovations and higher incomes

There’s more: Pachar has also installed a cow dung gas plant using indigenous technology, benefiting 20 homes in his village. She also helps other women by imparting knowledge on innovations in agriculture.

From the desert areas of Rajasthan to the tribal belt, women are not only participating in the agricultural sector, they are also doing well. Speaking to 101 reporters, Jayesh Joshi, secretary of Vagdhara Sansthan, said: “There are 3.60 million women involved in agricultural work. Women promote organic farming and community activities raise awareness for go further and see the launch of more Many women are also employed in the food processing sector In the Banswara tribal area, we have developed nurseries managed by women.

Recovery of orchards

Santosh Khedar, also from Sikar district, is a master pomegranate grower. It all started when her husband was working as a home guard and saw a grenadier while on duty. He had the idea of ​​planting a garden of pomegranates and shared it with his wife, who gladly accepted. She managed to raise money from various sources to install a tube well in her garden and spent three years irrigating it until her first pomegranate harvest.

“I didn’t know how much money I would get, but eventually the hard work paid off and I doubled our income,” Khedar proudly told 101Reporters.

“We made a profit of Rs 3 lakh, which we first used to repay our loans, before planting new crops. We also started planting lemon, guava and apple saplings in the spaces. voids between the pomegranates. The experiment was a success and our profits crossed Rs 10 lakh per year.”

Today, Khedar also runs a nursery, selling pomegranates, lemons, apples, Kinnow oranges and young mango trees to other farmers. Through horticulture, the family now earns an annual income of Rs 25-30 lakh.

Interestingly, the husbands of Prachar and Khedar were involved in traditional farming earlier. Their incomes, however, were scant by comparison, with harvests often failing and resulting in mounting debts.

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