“Be Lakhpati by farming in Just one Acre Land”
India’s population grew rapidly and the proportion of yielding farm fields belonging to a family started reducing. It became even more difficult to rear a family with the help of reducing areas of farms. It is possible to lead life happily overcoming this troublesome situation by yielding maximum crops in the best possible area we have. Shri Siddhagiri Math, Kaneri, Kolhapur has proven the fact experimentally. Siddhagiri math has accomplished the unbelievable task of yielding over 188 crops in just one-acre land at Siddhagiri Math, Kaneri, Kolhapur. The 49th head of Shri Siddhagiri Math – H.H. Shri Adrushya Kadsiddheshwar Swamiji has given a tangible form to this unique concept. This newly developed unique model of farming has given zeal to marginal landowners/farmers. If a farmer pursues this well-planned farming technique instead of getting disappointed due to scarcity of rain, then neither his family members need to search for any other job opportunities nor he requires to search for outside labors to cultivate the farm. This farming technique has been named as ‘Self-sufficient lakhapati (Master of lacs) farming’ for self-sufficient and proud farmer families. This experiment has proven that more than lacs of rupees can be saved even after calculating all the expenses for a family of 4 members over the period of an year.
In 2016, the Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh and the Ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadanvis visited the fields where this model was implemented Siddhagiri Math and promised that the model would be replicated at over 100 centres across the country. They lauded the effort and recognized it as a revolutionary approach in the farming sector.
Shri Swamiji pondered about these issues. Shri Siddhagiri math is known as the land of innovative approaches to resolve the day to day problems of common people. Extending this attitude, Swamiji gave a tangible form to the unique concept of Lakhapati Sheti (farming yielding lacs just in one-acre land). This project has become indispensable to implement considering the ground of farmer’s economic crisis and increasing suicides and production cost of the farmers, incompatible Hami quote for the farm goods.
A farmer can yield all necessary vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices. Lakhpati farming requires less usage of water, thus can be implemented very effectively in drought prone areas. One would only require clothing, salt, footwear, soap and matchbox from outside; rest all things required for daily routine can be yielded in their own 1 acre land. An Indigenous breed of desi cow is required for getting milk, organic fertilizer and fuel. The area of one acre farming needs to be planned very carefully and space utilization should be done accordingly.
One would only require clothing, salt, footwear, soap and matchbox from outside rest all things required for daily routine can be yielded with the help of this lakhpati farming. For this kind of technique of farming and household affairs needs 2000 liters of water daily. If there is lack of water, then tube wells should be dug. If one covers the farming land area then, half of this water can be saved. One requires an Indigenous cow for getting milk, organic fertilizer and fuel. The area for once acre farming needs to planned very carefully and space utilization should be done accordingly.
At Siddhagiri Math, a house, cow shed, toilet, biogas plant are built in the area of one acre land. Many activities like garden, sheep-goat rearing and poultry, yielding sugarcane, soyabean, Stevia, marigold, aster, gelato, etc. cash crops, crops for gaining fodder, vegetables, root vegetable, fruit vegetables, leafy vegetables, creeper vegetables, etc. are carried out in the 1 acre land. Just by selling flowers and vegetables a family can earn Rs.400/- to Rs.500/-. Whatever things needed for daily routine are obtained from these fields by literally listing them down.
As this model of organic farming yielded profit and results, the number of villagers from surrounding regions viz. Raigad and Karnataka approached Swamiji and soon adapted to the new farming practices. Today, they are not just reaping the benefits but their faith in this noble occupation is also restored.
As the movement of 'Lakhpati Sheti' started gaining momentum, Swamiji started reaching out to the farmers through seminars and workshops.