Varad Samant has crafted a new path for agriculture in the state and this could become motivation for others to follow this route says Pratik Parab
Varad Samant a young farmer from Dabal village of Dharbandoda taluka by successfully cultivating carrots for the first time in Goa has come out to be a role model for the Agriculturists of the State.
Varad who is a B'Com graduate, after completing his graduation had started helping his father in his farm. Varad has always been curious about the latest technologies in agriculture. He has been travelling to different talukas of neighboring states to study new things and new techniques of agriculture.
While travelling through Belagum he witnessed carrot cultivation and inquired about the crop and soon he decided to grow carrot in his own land. in the beginning he became a laughing stalk as it was a novice crop. However he was firm on his decision to cultivate carrot on experimental basis that too in organic method. Varad marked 500 sq.mtr land and sowed seed of carrot. He used drip irrigation system to water the plants and it took 3 months for the field to bear crop. The end result was carrots of full size.
Till date Varad has successfully sold 100 kgs of carrot and he expects 1.5 tons more. Varad used cow dung, poultry waste and sugarcane extract manure which he makes from the sugarcane factory waste which contains rich amount of nitrogen.
After the successful cultivation on trial basis, Varad intends to cultivate the same on a large scale in September. He targets to cultivate carrots in 1 hectare of land. Speaking to Herald/HCN Varad said "My land was total barren and initially I started sugarcane crop. I produced Sugarcane continuously for 6 years and later on moved to chilly in 4 thousand sq.mtr area of Land along with lady finger which was a good success" he told
Varad opined that agriculture can be a good source of income if one is interested and advised not to do it for namesake, do it whole heatedly. Varad Samant has urged youth to join in the Agriculture profession if they have land and not to run after government job.
A larger message by Varad is that of how he retained his identity through the mining boom in Goa. He told "My land is in mining area but I never gave up my land to mining companies even after several enticing offers" told Varad while promising to continue his profession as agriculturist.