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Farmer’s visit to fields Lasalgaon and Malegaon
16 September 2021
An exposure visit for the farmers on bamboo farming and drumstick farming. The visit was scheduled for 16th September 2021. Aroehan team along with 24 farmers visited the bamboo farms of Mr. Nandkumar Patil. Farmers were shared information on the scope of bamboo, bamboo cultivation, appropriate soil type for bamboo, optimum climate for bamboo cultivation, types of irrigation for bamboo trees, protection from pests and diseases, suitable nutrition sources, and application of intercropping for better yield. Farming methodologies are important but suitable marketing strategies make the profits more promising. In the second half of the trip, we planned to visit Mr. Deepak Savant’s drumstick farm situated in Malegaon. Drumstick (Moringa oleifera) is a perennial dicotyledonous tree, which fixes nitrogen in the soil. As its leaves fall to the ground, the texture of the soil improves. During the visit, the farmers received guidance on the following points. Types of Soil and climate, planting methodology which includes pit size (2 x 2 x 2 feet), season, appropriate spacing (row size 2.5 m x 2.5 m and for medium soil 3.0 m x 3.0 m), water management, and nutrition. The selection of varieties is an important factor for better yield. The varieties such as Odishi, PKM-1 are PKM-2 few varieties that produce good quality drumsticks. The fruit is ready to harvest in about 6-7 months after plantation.