BHOOMLA KHEDI FIRST EVER BIO VILLAGE OF MADHYA
Bhoomla Khedi one of the village under Chanchoda block of the district is
getting fame as a first ever bio village of the state. The project is
being developed by Rajiv Gandhi WaterShed Mission under drought
eradication development programme.
The basic aim behind this project is to establish a bio village, which
uses bio techniques to improve not only crop production but also get the
quality, crop free from the harmful pesticides.
Firstly the local soil was minutely examined for the presence/absence of
various elements and suitability of soil for type of crops. The farmers
were advised about the elements required for the soil to get a better
crop. The soil was tested for the presence of quantity of Zinc,
molybdenum, magnesium, magnese, iron and copper. Besides these soil was
also examined for nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Based on these
tests reports farmers were guided accordingly about the type of crop most
suitable for the soil. The treated seeds were given to the farmer and
after that NADEP fertilizer were used. The seeds were being treated to
make them free from fungus, germs and bacteria
Fifteen NADEP pites were formed in Bhoomla Khedi. These NADEP pites were
further improved with slight modification. They were treated with fungus
named "TRICODERMA" along with garbage, soil and cow dung. This makes
soil/fertilizer ready in 60 days instead of usual 90 days period. Use of
bio technique resulted in production of onion, papaya, zira, ajwain and
crops with clinical aroma like citronela, lemon grass and meath. Besides
traditional crops like wheat, soyabean and dhaniya. The results were
astonishing and the production was almost double then it used to be in
The most important thing was that no chemical insecticide is being used.
An equipment is placed in the center of the fields, which attracts the
insects, and they are automatically caught in that instrument. The price
of this instrument is also nominal.
The production of crops with clinical aroma started but the problem was
how to extract the oil from it. As the oil is the main source of income
for the farmers. An instrument was prepared at a nominal cost in
consultation with local farmers and project officer of the micro water
shed mission. The problem of extraction of soil was solved. The farmers
are now happy, as the concept of Bio Village has brought prosperity in
ROAD TO PROSPERITY FOR "SHRI PRASAD"
Shri Prasad, one of the farmers of village Naipura under Chanchoda block
is having five bigha of total land of which three bigha is irrigated and
remaining is not irrigated. He was facing hardship of life due to water
scarcity and decreasing down water level. He somehow manages an electric
pump but the same does not served the purpose because of low ground water
level. The pump was able to suck water only for 10 minutes. Under these
circumstances he was unable to irrigate his land properly and production
was obviously low. He was in a hand to mouth situation with old parents,
wife and three children dependent on his earning.
Many works related with treatment of soil started here in village under
Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission. The effect of this measure was visible
during the next rainy season as water level of the wells closed
dramatically and now he could easily get the water supply through the
electric pump for more than two hours. The adequate water was available
not only for his five bigha of land but also for five to seven bigha of
the neighbor farmers. He was also able to earn from this. He became the
member of self-dependent squad of water shed mission. He was given loan of
Rs. 6000 to purchase seeds. He developed a nursery of thousands of plants
including seasom, papaya, mango and eucalyptus etc. He has earned Rs.
36000 through this nursery and plants worth Rs. 12000 are still available
for selling. He has also paid some installment of his loan and his
planning to raise nursery of one-lakh plants and also wish to work on
clinical aromatic plants.
Shri Prasad is one of the example of hundreds of farmers who has been
benefited by the assistance given to the self dependent squad for
preparing nurseries under Rajiv Gandhi Mission. The economic condition is
improving with a march towards prosperity.