It’s a known fact that Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project has turned Shankaranarayana of Kundapur taluk into a jasmine village. Now, it is the turn of Karkunje village of Udupi.
In Karkunje work area of Vandse area, the SKDRDP is providing information about jasmine plantation and providing Pragathinidhi to 20 farmers. Along with this, as a follow up measure, it is motivating every family to plant 50 to 100 jasmine saplings, so that it would strengthen their family.
These women spend around 2 hours with these jasmine plants and get around Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,300 per week. “During the special occasions like festivals, weddings, we get an income of Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500 per day,” says Sevaprathinidhi, mobile market representative Raja and other farmers.
They have planted the saplings within a distance of 6 ½ feet. They loosen the soil in circle shape and support the land with organic fertilisers like neem powder, cow dung manure and peanut extract. The project gives detailed information about the jasmine farming.
They also have an intention to conduct a seminar on jasmine farming, where officers from the department, scholars would solve the doubts of farmers regarding maintenance, controlling the insects and various diseases and challenges in marketing.