How much to know is enough………………..

How much to know is enough………………

P.S.:   KGVK does cultivation of various commercial crops with high market demand in the farms owned by organization and disseminates the information to the medium and high land holding farmers of Jharkhand.


Believe me, none of them are typos or some imaginary terms coined by me. These are pesticides used by us in farms for agriculture.

Before joining KGVK, I would also have taken them as the names of planets in other galaxy or names of German or French movies. Now, I know “how much is mixed in what quantity of water to curb which pest or disease”.

Initially, my role in the organization was to develop “process” for accurate information dissemination between managers and workers, the information would provide efficiency regarding practice of value added agriculture.

While working on the system, I realised that the single paraphernalia for all crops (24 to be precise) was not working quite well and the workers were not being able to adhere to the instruction prescribed by managers .

And even after a qualified team including me (so-so qualified) working on the problem was not proving as successful as planned , I realised that working on “macro-managing” without gaining an understanding of “micro- managing” will be impossible.

Next step was to start working with the workers and try to gain an understanding of their approach towards the work and hurdles faced by them. It was also imperative to work on micro- managing first and make the people associated with the agriculture to realize that the practices had to be scientifically evolved and institutionalised in a manner that it can be easily adopted by the farmers of the area.

So, I started learning about pests and pesticides, weeds and weed removers, disease and fertilizers, manure and vermin compost, SRI (System of Rice Intensification), SWI (System of wheat intensification),  etc. I learned about different seeds of 24 crops and characteristics of each of them, learned about maturation period of each of them, was told that water irrigation is the “ABCD” of agriculture.


Then, the need of a formal procedure of cultivating each crop was felt and thus the Fellow along with other team members started working on “Package of Practices”, explained, it means the best practices to be followed for cultivating any particular crop, it also mentions amount of inputs required by the crop and approx cost of the same.

In this way, the objective of fellow, traversed from micro-managing to macro managing.

Although, now I am working on macro-managing I strongly believe that solving the issues at micro level is imperative and to be worked upon as soon as possible.

Inputs invited…………………..

Ashutosh previously worked in relief and rehabilitation of flood victims in Bihar in 2008. He has also completed a quantitative research on status of health insurance in India. As part of his field work assignments at Delhi University for his Masters in Social Work, he worked for Child rights in Delhi, performed activities with Mica-mining population of Jharkhand and worked to uproot the nepotism from government welfare institutions through use of public advocacy and Right to Information Act.

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