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- Leaving The Work Of Building Constructions Worth Millions Of Rupees, Started Apple Cultivation, Earning Rs 12 Lakhs Annually, Made A World Record By Growing 7 Feet Coriander
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Gopal Dutt, a resident of Ranikhet block in Uttarakhand, cultivates Upreti organic apples.
- Gopal is currently cultivating apples and spices on eight acres of land, he has trained in the Netherlands and France for apple cultivation.
- Now along with apple, we also cultivate many spices including turmeric, garlic, coriander, they say that not an inch of land should be vacated
Gopal Dutt Upreti, a resident of Ranikhet block in Uttarakhand, studied in Delhi. After diploma in civil engineering, he started building construction. It was earning well. He worked for about 14–15 years, where all children went to Delhi.
However, after that something happened in his life that he left the Delhi lifestyle and returned to the village. Today they are cultivating fruits and spices on 8 acres of land. The turnover is 12 lakh rupees annually. He is the first farmer in the country to be ranked in the Guinness Book of World Records for organic farming.
Gopal, 47, says, ‘I went to Europe in 2012 with some friends. During this time there was a visit to apple orchards. The weather, the snowfall, the land was very much like Ranikhet. I thought that when apples can be grown here, they can also be grown in Uttarakhand. For me it was the turning point. ‘
Currently 5 people work with Gopal. Along with fruit and spice farming, they are also working on processing.
He says, ‘After coming back to India from there, for a few days now there was confusion in my mind as to what to do, how to do it. Then I started to know where the training is for its cultivation, what is the process. After that I went to the Netherlands. Met several experts there and understood the whole process of apple cultivation. During this time, France was also known for a few days. Saw apple cultivation there as well and trained for it.
Gopal says that after this I decided that now we have to cultivate apples. Everyone protested when told the family. The wife said that it is not right to take the risk of leaving the accumulated work. I explained to them and explained the benefits of farming. I then shifted from Delhi to Ranikhet in 2014-15. Family and children remained in Delhi. After coming here, took some land on rent and started farming. I asked for plants from Himachal Pradesh instead of ordering plants from abroad. About 1000 saplings were planted on three acres of land. After a year, fruits were ready in those plants.
Gopal is cultivating fruits and spices on 8 acres of land today. The turnover is 12 lakh rupees annually.
He says that after the fruits were ready, the biggest question before us was where to sell it now. Since, the price of our apple is not found in local mandis. Then with the help of Google, I gathered information about such stores and companies that demand organic apples. Call them and give information about their product. Most people did not trust, but the response of the people who took apple from us in the initial phase was very good. From the next time both customer and demand increased. Many people started booking advance.
Gopal also cultivates many spices including turmeric, garlic, coriander along with apples. He says that not even an inch of land should be left vacant. This year, he has registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records by growing 7 feet coriander. The specialty of this coriander is that the production in it is about 10 times higher than the normal coriander and the quality is also good. They are now going to get its patent also.
Currently 5 people work with Gopal. Along with fruit and spice farming, they are also working on processing. Last year, more than a ton of apples went bad, so they made jam and supplied it in the market. It also earned well. Now they are also going to prepare processing units of turmeric and other spices.
Gopal has grown seven feet of coriander. For this, Guinness has been ranked in the Book of World Records.
They say that now the scope of our farming has increased. We are going to cultivate by renting more land. If production increases, the market should also be set to absorb it. So from next year we are going to come on the online platform as well.
How to cultivate apple
Gopal says that the most important thing for apple cultivation is its training. Apple cultivation should be understood by an expert farmer. If needed, every little big information should be obtained by staying with the farmers for a few days. The second most important thing is that there should be a cool place for its cultivation. Apples are cultivated in mountainous snowy areas. Along with this, patience and dedication are also needed. Plants need good care.
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