I am Lovepreet Singh and I live in Kapial village of Sangrur district with my family (father, grandfather, mother and sister). I had a choice to pursue job and live in the city after my graduation (B.tech), but I chose to stay in my village and then I decided to start farming. Farming was never a primary source of income for my family, because my father (Mr. Sant Pal Singh) was settled in Dubai and he had stable income. So, in the beginning (2008-2009), I started organic farming of wheat in just 1 acre.
Slowly with the time my interest grew in agriculture field and then I decided to completely adopt organic farming. I got my land soil sample tested by Punjab Agro and took rest of the land back from the farmers. I started cultivating turmeric and also processing it myself. But my father was against organic farming because he thought that organic has less productivity. I was very determined, so I ignored negative criticism and continued with my work. To increase my income I started farming turmeric on large area as compared to wheat. In the beginning, I faced some problems but after taking expert’s advice condition was better. I used cow and buffalo dung in my farm to increase the fertility of the soil.
Later, after seeing the results my father was happy and he started supporting in my venture. I also have also contacted Punjab Agro to get organic certification for turmeric powder and very soon I will get that too. Whenever I get time, I visits Punjab Agriculture University and read books suggested by the experts to bring positive outcome in my farming. Punjab Agro also helps me a lot with the necessary information. Today whatever I have achieved in the field of organic farming is just because of my determination and information given by Punjab Agro.
I have 5 acres of land
1 buffalo, 2 cows
Turmeric (farming on large scale), Oats Clover Maize, Chri, Bajra, Wheat, Paddy
Tractor, Trolley, Leveller, Cultivator
The one message that I want to convey to the farmers is that organic farming is very important to conserve the environment. Everyone should do organic and eat organic, in this way pollution can also be reduced.
FUTURE PLAN: My future plan is to expand turmeric farming and processing work, and form a group of farmers doing organic farming. Purchase common machines for the use of the group and support farmers practicing organic farming.