Vinod Bhengra, a resident of Raidung village and a participant of the Wadi Programme funded under the NABARD – Tr i b a l Development Fund implemented at Torpa, Khunti district, was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri. Hemant Soren on February 23, 2022 in Ranchi.
He planted guava and mango along with brinjal, green chilli, tomato and okra as intercrops. Training in agricultural development at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi and ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region at Palandu enabled him to gain technical know-how. He sold vegetables after a year of plantation. In 2018, he received a good produce which fetched him an attractive price in the market. He planted wild grass intermeshed with bamboo on the periphery of his wadi which with subsequent rains after plantation, resulted in natural protection. Vinod also planted French beans which further enhanced his income. Adjudged the “Best Farmer” by Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, he markets his produce through OMON Producer Company Ltd., promoted by BISLD Jharkhand. He obtained INR 50,000 from watermelon and jackfruit crop while his annual income from wadi increased to Rs. 6 lakhs (0.6 million).