“Lemon has changed my life. My standard revenue from lemons planted in 1.75 acres is Rs 6 lakh, while the cost of cultivation is around Rs 1-1.5 lakh.” – Abhishek Jain
Abhishek Jain native of Bhilwara district of Rajasthan has been cultivating his ancestral land in Sangramgarh in since 2007. He has a total of 30 bighas of land, part of which he is growing organic lemons and guava. Abhishek never wanted to become a farmer but after the death of his father, he had to turn to farming. After finishing his BCom in Beawar, Ajmer, Abhishek tried his hand at Marble’s business, but due to the sudden demise of his father, he had to take up farming. This task was quite difficult, but Abhishek did not get upset. He started farming and planted citrus and guava plants in the field.
Abhishek says, “You just have to start.” Over time, you will feel yourself that your children are also enjoying it. The farm keeps him connected to nature and he is able to watch things very closely. Not only this, children also understand the importance of hard work that food is not grown like this.”
Abhishek started organic farming and his decision to turn to organic farming was right. He told, “Before 2014 I myself did not know very much what should be added to the soil. I also tried to grow pomegranate, but the non-selective use of chemicals destroyed the plants. Then I decided to do organic farming and use natural fertilizers and ingredients like Jeevamrita.”
Abhishek says that due to adopting organic farming, he saves 2 to 3 lakh rupees in a year. Prior this money was spent on harmful chemicals.
Soil quality boost considerably due to organic farming. Now he cultivates lemon whole heartedly and is constantly trying to rise it. With lemon, they not only make lemonade but also pickles. Day by Day more friends and relatives started asking for these delicious lemon pickles and they made and distributed about 50 kilograms of lemon pickles without any cost.
In the beginning of 2016, he started making pickles for business purposes and now sells between 500-700 kg pickles each and every year. The 900-gram bottle is priced at Rs 200 with a would be cost in addition to packing and shipping.
He says, “Lemons have changed my life. My average income from lemons planted in 1.75 acres is Rs 6 lakh, while the cost of cultivation is around Rs 1-1.5 lakh.”
Lemon is a fruit that is available throughout the year. Abhishek advises those who start the cultivation of lemons that lime plants should be planted after the first monsoon rains. He is also cultivating guava along with lemon. They earn about 3.5-4 lakh rupees from this farming. Says Abhishek, “From the point of view of business, both guava and lemon plants give good results after three years of transplanting. “
He also hires a few workers to sow guava plants and pluck fruits, which help him in other jobs in the field.
Apart from this, the work of making pickles out of lemons is mostly handled by his family, which includes his mother and wife.
Lemons are available whole year and they are always in demand. Of course, sometimes challenges such as inclement weather also have to be faced. But Abhishek says, “These problems are part of farming and business, so I don’t think too much about them. “
But there are some things he is seriously thinking about, such as a group of farmers, where he can help each other by providing useful information and encourage townspeople like him to do rooftop farming.
He has formed a group called ‘Team Semkit’ along with some people who want to do farming.
It consists of farmers, agricultural experts, PhD students, who share information and knowledge about all topics related to farming through WhatsApp. This includes information such as soil and crop quality and market fluctuations. He has trained 18 groups so far.
He says, “People in the city can use their terrace and balcony spaces to do farming. He can also grow poison-free everyday vegetables for his family. “
Abhishek has two children, a six-year-old daughter and a ten-year-old son. He says, “Children go to school and are good at studies. People think that there is no life in the village, but this is not true! My wife comes from a city like Surat who lives with me in a village in Rajasthan, and she lives here very happily.
If you want to learn more about organic farming from Abhishek or to order lemon pickle, you can contact him on 09982798700.