Jamtara (Jharkhand), June 15 : Many farmers in Jharkhand villages despite being faced with various problems and limited resources are making it possible to extract good harvests from seemingly infertile farming fields.
One such farmer happens to be Shankar Bhandari of Jharkhand's Nijkajra Village in Jamatra district.
By cultivating various crops in an almost dead land, farmer Shankar Bhandari in Nijkajra Village has set an example for others about how things are made possible with diligence even in almost impossible conditions.
Using new technology and his perseverance, Shankar has successfully grown various harvests in a field that had been almost accepted as infertile in his village.
Shankar Bhandari, the progressive farmer of Nijkajra Village, said: "Under the new technology, I used seeds, fertilizers and took careful steps. As a result, I got a good production. Last year also, I got a good benefit in agriculture."
But toiling on an infertile land never looked so easy to Shankar. He was faced with water shortage that was proving to be a major impediment to irrigate fields.
It so happened that before the formation of Jamtara district, the District Administration of Dumka had constructed 24 wells in this village under the "Jal Hai To Jaan Hai" (Life's possible only when there is water) scheme.
Of these 24 wells, one was constructed on Shankar's field. And, rest of the water related problem was solved with a construction of a pond.
Today, Shankar's has been able to grow a number of vegetables in his field that was earlier considered an infertile land.
Shankar shares the credit for his success with his wife, Nirmala Devi, who kept up his spirits by being a helping hand in thick and thin.
Nirmala said: "I used to help him in his work. Together, we would work in our fields, as it is our only source to earn a livelihood."
Shankar Bhandari today wants agriculture to flourish in his entire district area and prove a prosperous proposition for everyone who is willing to bring a real change with perseverance. By Girija Shankar Ojha