What inspires farmers and why is their job so important? Pandurang Vithal Joshi explains:
Why did you want to be a farmer?
I am from a farming background, I used to accompany my father during my childhood and was inspired by that. I am an agriculture graduate and agriculture is my culture and passion. I have also been inspired other farmers adopting the latest technology like drip irrigation systems. To keep my hobby and passion alive I want to be a farmer.
What crops do you grow?
Pigeon pea, green gram, hybrid maize, bt cotton, hybrid chili, jowar, sugarcane, and sunflowers.
What impact do pests and disease have on your crops?
Pests are a menace. The extent of yield loss is dependent on when pest control measures are used. Diseases faced by chili plants and bt cotton used to pose more of a problem. Delays in employing disease control methods can cause panic among farmers in the region.
How do you protect your crops?
We use a variety of crop protection methods to control pests and diseases, ranging from chemical prevention methods to inter- cultivation and earthing- up operations to support root systems and in turn good crop heath.
Why is your profession important in the challenge to feed the world?
We must tackle the challenge of feeding the growing population and achieve food security worldwide. To achieve this, we must educate and equip farmers to help them achieve the desired results.
What inspires you about your job?
Helping farmers achieve their targeted yield gives me great satisfaction. I enjoy learning from fellow farmers in my field as it helps me to increase my understanding. I am also inspired by assisting several NGO’s in market development activities.