Rajkot: Move over family doctors. Agriculturalists too have started giving a touch of good health by turning into ‘family farmers’.
The concept of ‘family farmer’ promoted by the Bhavnagar district administration has started picking up with industrialists and businessmen getting farm fresh organic produce in the comfort of their homes.
In fact, a farmer assigned to every family is responsible for meeting the client’s all requirements – fruits, vegetables, cereals and pulses – all with organic certificates.
All the farmers who have joined the project have their land certified by state-run organic certification body. Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is also conducting soil testing of all these farms and providing grades.
Each district has a “Prakrutic Kheti Sayojak Samiti.”
Bhargav Dhandhlia, a businessman in Bhavnagar’s Bharatnagar area, used to drive nearly 50 km just to fetch vegetables from a farm owned by a farmer Kanu Bhatt in Talaja’s Timana village. “This farm produce is costly compared to what you get from local mandis. But cost does not matter when you are getting fresh organic fruits and vegetables delivered right at our home,” said Dhandhlia.