I am Kulwinder Singh Nagra from Sangrur. While studying in Metric, I began to work with my father in the crop fields. I quit study to devote my full time to my family’s profession i.e. agriculture. I always wanted to incorporate scientific technologies developed by the scientists at PAU/Agri. Department. So, I regularly started visiting PAU especially during the Kisan Melas to acquaint myself with latest advances in agriculture. While at the same time I came in the contact of Pepsi Foods Company and started cultivation of chillies under a contract with the company from 2007 & 2009.
At present besides paddy and wheat I am growing Vegetables, summer pulses, basmati, barley, mustard, gram on some part of my land to diversify my cropping. To conserve soil fertility and to ensure judicious use of water I always stress upon adopting good agricultural practices. I have pledged before my village and the Almighty that I will never burn wheat and paddy straw instead I will incorporate these residues into the soil in order to improve the fertility status of my soil and also to conserve environment.
Since last 4-5 years I have started practicing bed planting in wheat (in some area), zero tillage of wheat by using No-till drill Happy Seeder, laser levelling before transplanting of paddy and mechanized transplanting of paddy and also DSR. I have levelled my entire land with laser land leveller to enhance on farm water use efficiency especially in paddy and now I am saving ¼th of the irrigation water in paddy besides ensuring a uniform application of irrigation water. I am sowing wheat on 6 acres of land, under zero tillage and also obtaining good yields. During Rabi season (2012-13) I planted wheat on 6 acres using happy seeder in the standing stubbles of paddy without burning paddy residues at all. From the last 3-4 years I am keeping 2 acre under organic wheat and I am getting good wheat yields without the use of agrochemicals.
Now, I entered into Crop Diversification by replacing traditional agricultural crops and I am satisfied with my work.
Peas, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Potato, Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Brinjal, Chilli, Turmeric, Carrot, Cucurbits
Paddy, Wheat, Maize
Drip Irrigation, Bed Planting, No-till drill Happy Seeder, Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Nematode Management, Vermi-culture
In future I am planning to export vegetables to abroad.
Farmers who chose the path of suicide to get relieved from the burden of loans and responsibilities, should stop doing this. God has given us numerous opportunities and abilities to achieve our life goals and we should never let these chance skip.