ISP Jaipur Bureau
He is a school dropout but his technical prowess surapasses the best in the country. Farm innovations came natural to Fusaram, a dedicated farmer from Jodhpur in Rajasthan who is winning hearts and accolades across the country for his grassroot level techniques. His agricultural plot is his laboratory and he is giving the nation some very affordable devices for his fellow farmers to use.
Lack of transport forced 42-year old Fusaram to drop out of his school after class 8th. His locality was around 20 km away from Jodhpur. He left his studies and focussed on farming. His street-smart approach to need based innovation helped him to install a pesticide spray machine out of his redundant old bike. The news of this small yet significant innovation was liked by everyone. He did not stop at that. His rooftop biogas plant, biogas storage in tractor tubes, newer eco-friendly versions of biofertilizers, sprays and insecticides are some of his contributions to the farm community.
Fusaram did traditional farming along with his father and mother in their ancestral land till 2014. That year a young farmer in his village died due to excess exposure to pesticides. After knowing of the threat to farming and livelihood due to poisonous pesticides, he decided to shift to organic farming. With organic manures becoming expensive to buy and handle, he innovated newer and easily available earth friendly treatment for plants and crops. He resorted to learning more about eco-friendly farming from social media and videos available online. Once his interest and hard work became known in the area, the government helped Fusaram by deputing scientists from the Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur to assist him in his work.
Apart from his agricultural endeavours, Fusaram is also engaged in ecotourism with his farm area now hosting several urban families in the best outing facility. Visitors to his eco-tourism unit can enrich their family knowledge in farming techniques and also hand pick vegetables to cook for their lunch or dinner while children enjoy the company of the domesticated animals in his farm.
Fusaram says that though he could accomplish a lot of innovations, his lack of proper education always made him think of a better education facility for the future generation. He ensured that his elder son passed out from IIT while his daughter is preparing for IIT. His youngest son is still in school while his wife is a partner in arms for Fusaram and is an ace tractor driver who helps him in his daily farm work. The family is now reaping rich dividends with bumper and exquisite fruits like that of Thai apple and many other rare varieties.