An Engineer Embraces Farming Thanks To Camson
An engineering job is among the most coveted in the country and Jaywant More’s family knew that very well. They did their best to ensure that he received the best in education. More finally did his parents proud when he completed his textile engineering course in 1990.
But fate had other plans in store for him. More’s family owns a vast agriculture plot near Sangli and he began to show an interest in farming. He finally chose to pursue his family’s agricultural business instead of a plush job posting. His family showed displeasure at first but a bigger revelation was in store for them – More was a brilliant farmer!
More’s family had close to 40 acres of land on which sugarcane was the primary crop. This crop is harvested by December and resown in June-July. More visited one of the watermelon demonstration plots organized by Camson and realized that he could fit the short duration crop in between two crops of sugarcane.
He chose Camson’s products for their high yield, weight and sweetness and planted Camson’s Netravati hybrid seeds on two acres and Chandraprabhavati on three acres. He then used poly much film on 3 acres of land and applied drip irrigation to send water and nutrients to the entire farm. He planted close to 6,000 plants per acre.
More’s first tasted success with Camson’s Calbahaar, which he used successfully to treat a fungal infection that was tormenting his crop in under 24 hours. Jaywant planned to nurture only 1 fruit per plant of Chandraprabhavati and 2/3 fruits per plant of the Netravati variety.
More expects the Netravati and Chandraprabhavati varieties to yield him fantastic yield of 70 and 60 tonnes respectively. He expects a tentative yield of 120 tonnes of watermelons on his 5 acre crop. He is confident of getting premium prices for his produce and expects to realize around Rs. 11 lakh from this watermelon crop.
More’s confidence in Camson is such that he is looking forward to a mind boggling net profit of Rs.6 lakh (1-1.5 lakh per acre).