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A Switch to Jumbo Guavas Weighing 1.5 Kg Each helps Gujarat Farmer earn 10 Times more

 
Magan Kamariya, a farmer from Gujarat’s Morbi village was struggling to sustain his family till jumbo guavas came to his rescue. Weighing about 1.5 Kg each, they helped him earn Rs 20 lakh in a year

Magan Kamariya from Morbi village in Gujarat was a traditional vegetable farmer with a 15-acre land. On it, he would grow groundnut, cotton, cumin and other vegetables, but conventional farming failed to reap many profits. In fact, it barely helped his six-member family survive.

“Earlier, income had been very unsteady, we were earning only about Rs 14,000 an acre. Yearly profits never exceeded Rs 5 lakh. Less income made it difficult to meet expenses for education and daily needs of the family,” he recalls.

Unsatisfied with meagre earnings, he decided to quit and invest in another business. But in 2015, his son Chirag introduced him to a Thai variety of guava, which has since changed the game for this family. This new variety, supplemented with organic farming and adopting scientific techniques, has helped Magan grow around 1.5 kilos worth of guava, and earned him around Rs 20 lakh a year so far.

Adopting a new approach

Magan bought the Thai variety from a local nursery, and learned the technique to grow it on YouTube, and with help from some guava farmers in the vicinity. “We kept a gap of 8 feet between two plants and introduced drip irrigation, mulching, and other scientific methods. We made organic fertilisers and compost. In about two years, the plants began yielding fruits,” he says.

He said initially, he grew turmeric and other plants between the guava plantation. “But as the tree grew, the dense canopy didn’t allow enough sunlight to reach the smaller plants, so I shifted focus entirely on growing guava. Initially, the plants bore fruit weighing 350 grams. But they were young, and we feared they wouldn’t be able to bear the heavy load, so we cut them off and didn’t sell them, and allowed the plant to grow more. We waited for another year until the plants matured and enabled better fruiting,” he says.

Once the produce was ready, Magan took it to the market, where, he says, he received an overwhelming response. “The plant is grown using organic methods, so it tasted better as compared to other fruits in the market. The guava is also much softer, and has fewer seeds. The smallest size of the fruit was 350 grams, and the largest was about 1.5 kilos, which stood out in the market,” he says.

Profits soared as traders from neighbouring districts such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Navsari began approaching Magan directly to buy the produce.

He says adopting organic methods to grow the fruit posed a challenge. “The soil demands special care, requires adequate irrigation, and even the smallest infestation needs immediate attention. The family devised home remedies like applying neem and tobacco water for minor infections during the growth period,” he says.

Magan says he is glad he made the shift. “Farmers should continuously adopt better ways of farming, and have a good understanding of changing market needs. I’m now planning to prepare and sell jams and jellies made from the fruit. Research is underway and hopefully, a market-ready product will be ready soon,” he says.

He also says that before he began growing this variety of guava, he often didn’t feel like visiting the farm and depended on labour to take care of it. But growing this guava helped him reconnect with his only source of income. “Now I make sure I visit the farm every day,” he says.

(Edited by Divya Sethu)

 

1.5 કિગ્રા વજનવાળા જમ્બો જામફળ પર સ્વિચ ગુજરાતના ખેડૂતોને 10 ગણી વધુ કમાણી કરવામાં મદદ કરે છે

 

ગુજરાતના મોરબી ગામના એક ખેડૂત મગન કામરીયા જ્યાં સુધી જમ્બો જામફળ તેના બચાવમાં ન આવે ત્યાં સુધી તેના પરિવારને ટકાવી રાખવા માટે સંઘર્ષ કરી રહ્યા હતા. દરેકનું વજન લગભગ 1.5 કિગ્રા હતું, તેઓએ તેને એક વર્ષમાં 20 લાખ રૂપિયા કમાવવામાં મદદ કરી

ગુજરાતના મોરબી ગામના મગન કામરીયા 15 એકર જમીન ધરાવતા પરંપરાગત શાકભાજીના ખેડૂત હતા. તેના પર, તે મગફળી, કપાસ, જીરું અને અન્ય શાકભાજી ઉગાડશે, પરંતુ પરંપરાગત ખેતી ઘણો નફો મેળવવામાં નિષ્ફળ રહી. હકીકતમાં, તે ભાગ્યે જ તેના છ સભ્યોના પરિવારને ટકી શક્યા.

“પહેલાં, આવક ખૂબ જ અસ્થિર હતી, અમે એકર દીઠ માત્ર 14,000 રૂપિયા કમાતા હતા. વાર્ષિક નફો ક્યારેય રૂ. 5 લાખથી વધુ ન હતો. ઓછી આવકને કારણે શિક્ષણ અને પરિવારની રોજિંદી જરૂરિયાતો માટેના ખર્ચાઓને પહોંચી વળવાનું મુશ્કેલ બન્યું,” તે યાદ કરે છે.

ઓછી કમાણીથી અસંતુષ્ટ, તેણે છોડી દેવાનો અને અન્ય વ્યવસાયમાં રોકાણ કરવાનું નક્કી કર્યું. પરંતુ 2015 માં, તેમના પુત્ર ચિરાગે તેમને થાઈ જાતના જામફળનો પરિચય કરાવ્યો, જેણે ત્યારથી આ પરિવાર માટે રમત બદલી નાખી. આ નવી જાત, સજીવ ખેતી સાથે પૂરક અને વૈજ્ઞાનિક તકનીકો અપનાવીને, મગનને લગભગ 1.5 કિલો જામફળ ઉગાડવામાં મદદ કરી છે, અને અત્યાર સુધીમાં તેને એક વર્ષમાં લગભગ 20 લાખ રૂપિયાની કમાણી કરી છે.

નવો અભિગમ અપનાવવો

મગને સ્થાનિક નર્સરીમાંથી થાઈ વેરાયટી ખરીદી, અને તેને YouTube પર ઉગાડવાની ટેકનિક શીખી, અને આસપાસના કેટલાક જામફળના ખેડૂતોની મદદથી. “અમે બે છોડ વચ્ચે 8 ફૂટનું અંતર રાખ્યું અને ટપક સિંચાઈ, મલ્ચિંગ અને અન્ય વૈજ્ઞાનિક પદ્ધતિઓ રજૂ કરી. અમે ઓર્ગેનિક ખાતર અને ખાતર બનાવ્યું. લગભગ બે વર્ષમાં, છોડ ફળ આપવા લાગ્યા,” તે કહે છે.

તેણે કહ્યું કે શરૂઆતમાં તેણે જામફળના વાવેતર વચ્ચે હળદર અને અન્ય છોડ ઉગાડ્યા હતા. “પરંતુ જેમ જેમ વૃક્ષ વધતું ગયું તેમ, ગાઢ છત્ર નાના છોડ સુધી પૂરતો સૂર્યપ્રકાશ પહોંચવા દેતો ન હતો, તેથી મેં સંપૂર્ણપણે જામફળ ઉગાડવા પર ધ્યાન કેન્દ્રિત કર્યું. શરૂઆતમાં, છોડ 350 ગ્રામ વજનના ફળ આપે છે. પરંતુ તેઓ યુવાન હતા, અને અમને ડર હતો કે તેઓ ભારે ભાર સહન કરી શકશે નહીં, તેથી અમે તેમને કાપી નાખ્યા અને તેમને વેચ્યા નહીં, અને છોડને વધુ વધવા દીધો. જ્યાં સુધી છોડ પરિપક્વ ન થાય અને વધુ સારી રીતે ફળ આપવા સક્ષમ ન બને ત્યાં સુધી અમે બીજા વર્ષ સુધી રાહ જોઈ, ”તે કહે છે.

એકવાર ઉત્પાદન તૈયાર થઈ ગયા પછી, મગન તેને બજારમાં લઈ ગયા, જ્યાં તેઓ કહે છે કે, તેમને જબરજસ્ત પ્રતિસાદ મળ્યો. “આ છોડને ઓર્ગેનિક પદ્ધતિઓનો ઉપયોગ કરીને ઉગાડવામાં આવે છે, તેથી તે બજારના અન્ય ફળોની તુલનામાં વધુ સારો સ્વાદ ધરાવે છે. જામફળ પણ વધુ નરમ હોય છે, અને તેના બીજ ઓછા હોય છે. ફળનું સૌથી નાનું કદ 350 ગ્રામ હતું, અને સૌથી મોટું લગભગ 1.5 કિલોનું હતું, જે બજારમાં બહાર ઊભું હતું,” તે કહે છે.

અમદાવાદ, સુરત, વડોદરા અને નવસારી જેવા પડોશી જિલ્લાઓમાંથી વેપારીઓ ઉત્પાદન ખરીદવા માટે સીધા મગનનો સંપર્ક કરવા લાગ્યા હોવાથી નફો વધ્યો.

તે કહે છે કે ફળ ઉગાડવા માટે ઓર્ગેનિક પદ્ધતિઓ અપનાવવી એ એક પડકાર છે. “જમીન ખાસ કાળજી માંગે છે, પર્યાપ્ત સિંચાઈની જરૂર છે અને નાનામાં નાના ઉપદ્રવને પણ તાત્કાલિક ધ્યાન આપવાની જરૂર છે. પરિવારે વૃદ્ધિના સમયગાળા દરમિયાન નાના ચેપ માટે લીમડા અને તમાકુના પાણીનો ઉપયોગ કરવા જેવા ઘરેલું ઉપાયો ઘડી કાઢ્યા હતા,” તે કહે છે.

મગન કહે છે કે તેને આનંદ છે કે તેણે શિફ્ટ કરી. “ખેડૂતોએ સતત ખેતીની વધુ સારી રીતો અપનાવવી જોઈએ અને બજારની બદલાતી જરૂરિયાતોને સારી રીતે સમજવી જોઈએ. હું હવે ફળમાંથી બનેલા જામ અને જેલી તૈયાર કરીને વેચવાનું વિચારી રહ્યો છું. સંશોધન ચાલી રહ્યું છે અને આશા છે કે, માર્કેટ-રેડી પ્રોડક્ટ ટૂંક સમયમાં તૈયાર થઈ જશે,” તે કહે છે.

તે એમ પણ કહે છે કે તેણે જામફળની આ વિવિધતા ઉગાડવાનું શરૂ કર્યું તે પહેલાં, તેને ઘણી વાર ખેતરની મુલાકાત લેવાનું મન થતું ન હતું અને તેની સંભાળ રાખવા માટે તે મજૂર પર નિર્ભર રહેતો હતો. પરંતુ આ જામફળ ઉગાડવાથી તેને તેની આવકના એકમાત્ર સ્ત્રોત સાથે ફરી જોડવામાં મદદ મળી. “હવે હું ખાતરી કરું છું કે હું દરરોજ ફાર્મની મુલાકાત લઈશ,” તે કહે છે.

દિવ્ય સેતુ દ્વારા સંપાદિત

 


 

TsuNamo – Gujarat – BJP – 2022

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Urgent Action needed for protecting villages from rising sea levels because of Global Warming (Sea Barrier Conservation Project)

 


 

A. Introduction

An extensive portion of the land alongside the sea at Dandi and further south along the coastline in the Kantha Vibhag area has a problem of sea erosion and sea water overflowing into agricultural lands and over time this area has become unusable because of the saltiness of the land (know as Khanjar). This will continue to be a bigger problem because of rising oceans. Seasonal Monsoon flooding is another problem that has to be addressed, flooding in the villages during the rainy season disrupts life and it takes months to recover, proper draining and preparedness for the annual rains will alleviate the issue.

There is now an increasing need to protect the coastline and inner areas of our gams from sea water and erosion, especially because of rising waters due to global warming. Sea Water that has been flowing into the Khanjar areas over the years has been turning good arable farm land into unusable land caused by salty sea water and sea erosion. This can readily be reversed by erecting natural sea barriers where sea water overflows into the land in the form of sand and rock barriers and mangrove vegetation. Fish farmers who currently use sea water can continue doing so by piping sea water to the required pond areas.

Any solutions implemented should take into consideration monsoon rains together with the problems of drainage and runoff of much needed fresh water into the sea, it may be desirable to store this water perhaps in a lake. A feasibility study of all possible solutions should be presented before any project is started, this will all be done with the help and collaboration of the regional government departments.

As part of the Tree Planting Project, thousands of trees should be planted on the Dandi coastline as protection against natural calamities like cyclone, hurricane, Tsunami, etc.

B. Key Issues

– Severe sea erosion problems in some areas on the beachfront and further inland
– Sea levels rising every year due to climate change
– the solution of P.P. Gabions is not suitable
– Protection by using tetrapod mays be part of the solution, though high cost may be an issue
– If protection work is carried out by larger size stones, Gabions, Tetrapods, Beach will loose its
natural beauty
– a study needs to be conducted before a solution is implemented
– requires a permanent long term solution
– time is of the essence, if the government is unable to help with a timely solution then a community funded solution will be the only alternative.

C. Potential Solutions and Opportunities

The one solution is to put up barriers that will prevent sea water from overflowing into land areas, these barriers should be as high as the height of the highest watermark during high tide multiplied by two, this will ensure a permanent long term solution. Routine maintenance has to be planned on a periodic basis, perhaps quarterly to ensure that the barriers are not compromised due to soil erosion and wave action.

Land Reclamation – preventing sea water from overflowing into the area and reversing the saltiness of the Khanjar area will suddenly make hundreds of acres of land available for farming and other non-agricultural uses.

D. Challenges

1. Currently, sea water is used by the fishing industry in ponds, continuation of this supply is necessary by providing piping from the coastal area to the inland ponds on a limited basis.
2. Funding for the project
3. If nothing is done then there is a threat the entre Kantha Vibhag area may be overrun with sea water and it will result in loss of farmland and habitat.

E. Project Implementation

– All work that has to be done should be conducted with the help and permission of the relevant government authorities.
– A detailed project plan and timeline should be established
– Proper project management and controls to be in place

 
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Purpose of the Website:

    1. First and foremost, is to recognize our roots and rich culture and heritage and social and community practices which is prevalent in all our communities around the world.
    2. Valuing and drawing up existing knowledge, skills and talents of the members of the Mandhata Community Globally.
    3.  Networking with each other, helping and guiding members and affiliated associations to optimise their abilities in order to fulfil set objectives.
    4. Addressing specific issues on their own merits and proven experiences.
    5. Develop and enhance the quality of life in our village areas in India by promoting education and development in all spheres of life.
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    7. Promote Hindu Religious, Spiritual, Cultural and Social Practices
    8. Recognize and acknowledge achievements by our people around the world.
    9. Network and share Best Practices to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for our communities around the world by living in harmony with people and nature and to protect the environment.
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Mandhata Community – Who are We ???

Mandhata Community refers to all the Koli Patel Community people who originated from the Kantha Vibhag area in Navsari District of South Gujarat in India and also those who migrated to various overseas countries.

The first Koli Patel immigrants from Navsari District are recorded to have sailed for South Africa in 1860. Over the years since then many more joined them. Others traveled to Fiji and then to New Zealand as early as 1902. During the War years and later large numbers traveled to East Africa.

Initially they came to work on the plantations and to build roads and railways. As years passed the vast majority of them settled in the countries where they worked. The first immigrants were all young men who went back to their local villages to get married and return to be followed by their wives a little later.

It is these immigrants who identified themselves as Mandhata Community. It is estimated that they number over a hundred thousand. UK has over 40,000 settled mainly in large cities and are now involved in almost all professions and in every industry, as in other countries too.

A vast number of us settled overseas are now sixth and seventh generation. Even the later arrivals boast third and forth generation. Yet we have continued close relationship with our extended families in India. Most of us visit regularly and many have built homes on their ancestral land.

This site highlights the history and life of the Mandhata Patel Community.

Site Specifics

This site has been built using a web content management framework, this will enable many people around the world to contribute content without any programming skills, all that is required is basic computer skills, this will ensure that content is contibuted by our communities around the world and also will ensure independance, so that no one person is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the site. If you’d like to become a contributor, simply send an eMail message to our group email address, mandhataglobal.com. (exclude the period).

The site has been kept as simple as possible. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computing and internet will be able to interact. We are aware that a large number of you have a fund of knowledge to contribute to this site so that it can become a comprehensive repository of our history and heritage illustrated in words and pictures. In years to come this site would develop into a resource that our coming generations would refer to learn about their roots. We invite you to volunteer yourself as an administrator.

This site will be bilingual. We shall use English and Gujarati to reach as many of our people as possible.

On this site you will be able to read shorter articles in full, and where need be a .pdf version to copy. Large articles and other printed material will be in .pdf format for copying and printing.

Migration History

Preamble

When in the quiet of the night the question arises in your mind as to who your forefathers were? Where did they come from? How did they live? And you desperately want to explore your roots, this website may help you..

Perhaps the obvious starting point of this inquiry could be our own first hand knowledge of the stories told by our fathers and grandfathers of their experiences in their villages and how they made it to the foreign lands all over the world.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

My paternal and maternal grandfathers both came to Mombasa, in East Africa to work on the Railways in 1919/21. They were perhaps among the first there and in their own words life was terrible. They lived in tents and were always in fear of the wild animals. For the first year or two they survived on boiled lentils with some pepper and salt. Later they grew chillies and ginger. Apart from bhajan singing in the dim light of a lantern, other entertainment was zero. Life in South Africa or New Zealand was no different. This was soon after the First World War period. Political power struggle was intense among the European powers and British were digging in wherever they went.

Period prior to the Second World War was the 2nd wave of immigration for our people. Passports were easily available and hundreds of youths leaving their families behind boarded sea-going clippers and left in search of a better life. A number of them perished and for the many who made it, life was very, very hard in every respect. Homesickness gripped many.

Read further about our History in the articles below.

1A. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – English

1B. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – Gujarati

1C. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Keshavbhai J Patel – 1st Edition (201)

2. Read/Download the Early Katha Migration in Gujarati by Maganbhai B Karadia

3. Read/Download ‘Our Finest Patriotic Years by Maganbhai B Karadia

4. Read/Download ‘Koli Samaj, a Historical Perspective’ by Dr. Arjun Patel

5. Read/Download ‘ History of Koli/Mandhata Patel People’

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Sultanpur – Migrating Flamingos

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Coastal Area new Dandi

Coastal Area near Dandi

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Jalaram Bapa Mandir

Bridge near Aatgam

Bridge near Aatgam

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New Avdafalia Shiv Mandir (2017)

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Karadi School

School Children during Assembly - Karadi School

School Children during Assembly – Karadi School

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School Children – Republic Day Celebrations

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Youth Leadership and Educational Seminar

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Shree Amratbhai Jerambhai Patel (in blue Shirt) And Shreemati Taraben Amratbhai Patel of Machhad are residents in USA. Both are generous donors of our Samaj. They visit Gam almost every year and sponsor a number of project in Machhad, other Kantha Vibhag gams. They are particularly interested in educational projects which we organise year after year. Their generous sponsorship help students with scholarships and various educational seminars for the students. This Leadership Seminar was hosted by them and was held on 12th April 2014.

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Babubhai Patel UK (MBE) Residence in Avdafalia

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