Rajasthan’s growers are enjoying the fruits of pomegranate cultivation

Last Modified: Sun Apr 30 2017 14:07:33 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Rs. 20,000
    Annual income of farmer Ramkaran Singh and his family in 2008. The income was from selling pulses and millets he was growing on his half-hectare land in Beri village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district.
  • 2008
    During a visit to a relative’s house in Karoli (Haryana) Ramkaran saw a farm cultivating pomegranate trees, came away impressed by the prosperity of the farm owner and decided to plant the tree in his land.
  • 2011
    Ramkaran Singh and family harvest their first pomegranates.
  • ₹12 lakh
    income in 2015, selling ₹4 lakh worth of fruits and ₹8 lakh of saplings. The improved farm income has changed their lifestyle, marked by the new, two-storeyed home that has taken the place of their thatched house.
  • 35
    farms are now growing pomegranates and other fruits in Beri village inspired by Singh’s prosperity.
  • 1,500
    pomegranate farms have come up in Sikar district.
  • 86%
    subsidy received by Ramkaran from the state govt. on the solar panels he has installed. The State also gives a 90 per cent subsidy for drip irrigation. The family follows the concepts of organic and natural farming. They make pesticide and plant supplements using natural ingredients such as turmeric, cow urine and dung, jaggery, and soil.