Bringing Tears Of Joy For Oddanchatram Onion Growers

By TamilNadu Agricultural University on 07 Jun 2016 | read
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“During my service tenure, I witnessed fake inputs constantly being supplied through the greedy private companies and seed dealers. I wanted to contribute my research experience by providing quality seed varieties in original and pure form to the farming community. I always wanted to be a researcher-cum-Agripreneur; but due to various family responsibilities, I had not been able to take the risk,” says Agripreneur Shri K. Parmeshwaram, a retired Agriculturist.

In the year 2010, after taking voluntarily Retirement from National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation, Tamil Nadu, Shri P. Parmeshwaram has returned to his native place Oddanchatram in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu and started research on Onion, Chilli andDrumstick crops. Initially, he started his research for developing a new variety of Onion.

He used to spend most of his time in the farm, planning to convert his field into a demonstration plot for all types of vegetables. Subsequently, he started giving suggestions on scientific cultivation of vegetables to his neighboring farmers. The farmers found the new techniques resulting in better outcomes and started availing consultancy by paying some amount to Shri Parmeshwaram.

Intending to bring professionalism in consultancy services, he realized that he was lacking in business skills and started searching alternate schools for acquiring such skills.

He came across the advertisement for AC & ABC training by Voluntary Association of Peoples Services, (VAPS),Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He was inspired by the benefits of the scheme, attended the program and successfully completed it. After completion of the training, he registered his small shop as a firm named KR Agro Farm Consultancy Services.

He started conducting training on scientific cultivation of vegetable crops and continued his research too. “The small onion variety (SambharOnion) is famous in Tamil Nadu and the area which I have selected for Onion research is the main Onion growing area. The prices of small onion may bring tears to the consumers but the farmers,who are engaged in cultivation of the crop in the district, are making handsome profits as the price of Onion has always been high in the last three to five years.” Shri Parmeshwaram explained the reason behind the selection of Onion crop. The three year’s research efforts resulted in a new variety named SRIKA-1 which is bi-seasonal and can produce yield up to 10 tons/acre.

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Major activities of the KR Agro Farm are:• Seed Production and multiplication of Onion, Drumstick and Cluster bean• Supply of Quality inputs such as Seeds, Fertilizers and Plant Protection Chemicals• Consultancy on Crop Production Technology The seed varieties and inputs supplied through KR Agro Farm are getting popular day by day. Pre-season meetings, field visits, field days are the keys for their success in having constant demand from farmers. More than 2500 farmers from 50 villages are regular customers of the firm.The annual turnover of the firm is Rs.One Crore. Four skilled people are full time employees of the firm.

Shri K. Parmeshwaram

KR Agro Farm, 36 C-1/3, Dindigul Main Road, Check Post, Oddanchatram– 24619Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu.Email Id:kragrofarm@rediffmail.com, Mobile No. : 09843907878.

 

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