Agriculture has always been the backbone of India. Innovation in agriculture is the need of the hour and Mr. Kamal Joshi, an agriculture expert, has demonstrated it in a small town like Harsol in Gujrat. Mr. Joshi has brought the expertise of Israeli Technology of Vertical Farming in India. Planting turmeric as the basic crop which has a high demand in local and international markets, Mr. Joshi and his associate farmers in Harsol are reaping a huge profit of 3 Crore per acre. An acre of the farm gives 500 to 800 tons of yield of turmeric. What's more, the farmers save costs on labor and fertilizers due to this unique Vertical Farming Green House Technique.
Mr. Kamal Joshi has the expertise to build a farm from the scratch and deliver it till the profits emerge. He has proven this in Harsol and is keen to grow all over India. Mr. Joshi has been awarded the best entrepreneur award in 2017 and 2018. He is also awarded the Kisan Ratna Award in 2019 for his contributions to Agriculture. Even lands of low quality and lands with a low water supply can be utilized through this technology.
According to Mr. Joshi, traditional farming is labor-intensive and has a failure probability more than this unique Israeli technique where the outcome is not dependent on the weather and other environmental factors. "But such technology comes with a cost. The cost to set up is almost 12 crores per acre and that's what is pinching growth. Mr. Joshi agriculture expert expects the government to get involved and provide subsidized loans to the farmers for such type of farming. This would boost the morale of the farmer community and more farmers would be able to generate higher yields which can improve the GDP of the country. Our exports can be boosted by planting not just turmeric but different crops which has high demand nationally and internationally."
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