The Akshara Purusha Swayam Sahaya Sangham, a self-help group here, once again scripted a success story by reaping a rich harvest of sweet potatoes from a barren paddy field at Kushal Nagar.
A six-member team under the self-group reaped nearly 60 quintals of sweet potatoes from a 1.5-acre paddy field that lay barren for years.
Having reaped a rich harvest of vegetables a few months ago, the team this time chose to cultivate the potato variety in the leased land and earned Rs.60,000, said Sangham secretary K. Sureshan.
“Our endeavour is to demonstrate that joint efforts can produce a bumper crop even from a barren land. The cultivation was done exclusively by using organic manure,” Mr. Sureshan said.
“We are now planning to switch over to paddy cultivation by utilising the vast stretch of barren land in the locality during the next monsoon season,” he said.
Attributing the rich harvest to the assistance received from the local Agriculture Department office, Mr. Sureshan said the department had assured subsidy for farming activities by various groups as part of promoting self- sufficiency in food production.
The team is now planning to set up a market network for the benefit of both the end users and itself.