Polyhouses

Background

Traditional cropping systems in open fields have been vulnerable due to the unpredictability of the climate and other significant factors. The challenge is to grow a diverse array of food crops throughout the year to ensure residents' nutritional and other needs are met.

Polyhouse farming will result in significant economic prosperity and the ability to farm in a controlled environment. This way, crops can be grown all year without being dependent on the seasons. Enclosed farming has an advantage over open field farming due to the superior quality of crops produced in an enclosed growing environment.

Capital Costs

The capital cost of these polyhouses was largely subsidized through the Zila Yojna, with the remainder coming from THDC and the beneficiaries. Contributions from beneficiaries are required to ensure their participation and also serve as a guiding principle to ensure that nothing is "given for free" and that beneficiaries contribute to ensure their participation.

Training

Farmers receive appropriate training and educational exposure visits to ensure success at ground. Polyhouse growers were given two days of training on polyhouse management, which included a day in the classroom and a day of educational exposure. Aside from that, the Mrida team is providing hands-on training and facilitating the engagement of agriculture experts, the Horticulture department, and KVKs.

 

Application Received

There are 28 polyhouses installed across 28 operational villages, including 06 polyhouses in village Haat, 05 in village Batula, 01 in village Naurakh, 01 in village Tenduli Chak Haat, 01 in village Jaisal, 03 in village Bhenta, 03 in village Urgam, 02 in village Saloor, 01 in village Dungra, 01 in village Painnee, 01 in village Helong, and 03 in village Nauligwad. Twelve polyhouse growers began crop cultivation and harvested a total of 3.039 MT of vegetables, resulting an additional revenue of Rs. 1,14567.00 have been generated; the remaining polyhouse growers are in the harvesting stage.

Details of Installation

There are 28 polyhouses installed across 28 operational villages, including 06 polyhouses in village Haat, 05 in village Batula, 01 in village Naurakh, 01 in village Tenduli Chak Haat, 01 in village Jaisal, 03 in village Bhenta, 03 in village Urgam, 02 in village Saloor, 01 in village Dungra, 01 in village Painnee, 01 in village Helong, and 03 in village Nauligwad. Twelve polyhouse growers began crop cultivation and harvested a total of 3.039 MT of vegetables, resulting an additional revenue of Rs. 1,14567.00 have been generated; the remaining polyhouse growers are in the harvesting stage.

Crops Grown

Off-season tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, and capsicum, which are uncommon in this region and are currently sourced from the plains, are being grown by the farmers. Phase-I polyhouse growers harvested their first harvest, and their second crops are in the fruiting stage, while second phase beneficiaries are anticipating their first harvest, and a few are in the seedling transplantation stage. If the production expectations are met, it will be a huge success for the beneficiaries and stakeholders.