The ultimate dream for any farmer is to sell his produce directly to consumers for a maximum retail price fixed by him. There are some in Punjab trying to realise this utopia. Tarsem Singh turned full-time farmer in 2008, after retiring as principal of a government senior secondary school.
Cane yields from organic farming — using only animal dung, vermicompost and jeev amrit (a cow dung-urine-jaggery-water mixture), as opposed to chemical fertilisers — were hardly 200 quintals per acre, as against 300 quintals-plus through the regular inorganic route. But Singh also began making organic gur (jaggery) and shakkar (powder) — employing vegetable extracts, instead of sodium hydrosulphite, as juice clarification agent — from his sugarcane.
“The future for farmers is in selling from fields and not selling in mandis. We should be price makers, not price takers.”
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