Rainfall in India is unpredictable. There are years when you see droughts ruining the crops, then there are years when everything is fine. However, the chances of the former happening have been recorded a lot, especially in states like Rajasthan, UP, MP and more.
Thus to ensure the plants and crops stay healthy in these regions, farmers sought to tested, old traditions like drip irrigation.
However, this man from the tribal-dominated district of Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh took drip irrigation to the next level. The farmer named, Ramesh Bariya, was fed with instances of eroded soil and lost fertility of his land due to lack of water.
So he made use of waste glucose bottles to set up a drip irrigation system. This not only saves the environment but doesn’t even cost much.
He got in touch with NAIP (National Agricultural Innovation Project)-KVK scientists in the year 2009-2010 and under their guidance, he started vegetable cultivation in a small patch of land during the winter and rainy season — fit for the kind of land he owned.
Soon he set up a nursery but it has to deal with a shortage of water.
He again went to NAIP who shared the glycose bottle hack with him. He bought used glucose plastic bottles for Rs 20 per kilograms and cut the upper half to create an inlet for water.
Using the same technique for his crops, he managed to earn a profit of Rs 15,200 from a 0.1-hectare land at season end. He also saved his plant from water shortage and made the best use of waste products.
Awarded by the MP Government
The technique soon spread and was adopted by many other farmers.
Ramesh Bariya was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from the District Administration and Minister of Agriculture of the Madhya Pradesh government.