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Reaping it rich

For farmers in eastern Uttar Pradesh who have been reached through the Tata Trusts-supported Sujalam Sufalam (water and fruit) initiative, the past few years have marked a happy turnaround. These farmers, who hail from villages in the districts of Shravasti, Bahraich, Balrampur and Pratapgarh, have been able to increase their incomes significantly by banking on modern agricultural practices and growing multiple crops.

Krishna Kumar (centre), who lives in Madhwapur village in Shravasti district, is seen here with his family. The 35-year-old Mr Kumar started growing potatoes four years back and has secured bountiful harvests since, fetching him a big income increase.
Krishna Kumar (centre), who lives in Madhwapur village in Shravasti district, is seen here with his family. The 35-year-old Mr Kumar started growing potatoes four years back and has secured bountiful harvests since, fetching him a big income increase.
Tilak Ram and his wife Geeta Devi, who hail from Bishambharpur village in Shravasti district, in their groundnut field. Profits from groundnut farming have enabled Mr Ram to realise his dream of starting a vegetable seedlings business.
Tilak Ram and his wife Geeta Devi, who hail from Bishambharpur village in Shravasti district, in their groundnut field. Profits from groundnut farming have enabled Mr Ram to realise his dream of starting a vegetable seedlings business.
A training programme in vegetable farming was the starting point for Anil Kumar Yadav to turn his farming life around. This native of Itwa village in Balrampur district now cultivates crops like cucumber and radish and also runs a poly house.
A training programme in vegetable farming was the starting point for Anil Kumar Yadav (right) to turn his farming life around. This native of Itwa village in Balrampur district now cultivates crops like cucumber, potato and radish and also runs a poly house.
Ayesha Ansari with a bottle gourd from her farm in Rampur Tribhauna village in Shravasti district.
Ayesha Ansari with a gourd crop from her farm in Rampur Tribhauna village in Shravasti district. Ms Ansari is the sole earning member in a family of five that has leased 2.5 acres of land to grow, in addition to paddy and wheat, different vegetables.
 For Geeta Devi, farming on a modest piece of land in Kaiserganj village in Bahraich district was a struggle before she became part of the Sujalam Sufalam programme. She has doubled her yearly income by growing multiple crops.
For Geeta Devi farming on a modest piece of land in Kaiserganj village in Bahraich district was a struggle before she became part of the Sujalam Sufalam programme. She has doubled her yearly income by growing multiple crops.
Shanti Devi, a resident of Risia village in Bahraich district, farms groundnuts between the paddy and wheat crops she has traditionally grown.
Shanti Devi, a resident of Risia village in Bahraich district, farms groundnuts as Zaid crop (between the paddy and wheat crops she has traditionally grown).
Sukhram Maurya, seen here with his wife and daughter-in-law is more than happy with the progress made in the last few years by his family farm in Belhari village in Shravasti district.
Sukhram Maurya, seen here with his wife and daughter-in-law is more than happy with the progress made in the last few years by his family farm in Belhari village in Shravasti district.
Nagina Devi from Patna Ghusiyari village in Bahraich district grows high-yielding groundnut, which fetches good income while also enhancing the nitrogen in the soil, reducing the need to use fertilisers
Nagina Devi from Junaitha village in Bahraich district grows high-yielding groundnut, which fetches good income while also enhancing the nitrogen in the soil, reducing the need to use fertilisers.