Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya: Making Wheat Seeds way to earn Livelihood

Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya, a 38 years old young and energetic farmer residing in Baijapur village of District Khargone has achieved a laurel for himself and his family too. Sisodiya, Higher Secondary passed out from Khargone in the Year - 1997, engaged himself in farming with his other family members. But, his thirst to achieve self-reliance encouraged him to be self-employed. The idea triggered him to form and register a group of farmers named Vedashree Beej Utpaadak Sahakari Sanstha in 2007 for producing and supplying good quality of seeds for the farmers. But, the lack of experience and cooperation from other members made him unsuccessful during the initial stages.

Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya: Making Wheat Seeds way to earn Livelihood  Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya: Making Wheat Seeds way to earn Livelihood

He met Scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khargone in 2011 and reported the various issues and problems being faced by the group. Shri Singh was provided with full support by the KVK.

It was the real turning point of his life where the KVK adopted his village to provide the farmers with the training on extension activities. With his hard work and aim to achieve his targeted goals, Shri Sisodiya succeeded in getting 11 members of Vedashree Group to be trained on group dynamics and leadership development tactics. During this, he also got himself trained with one month Vocational training on wheat seed production technology that was conducted by the KVK. On being trained, he involved himself in seed production with full spirit and experience. But, initially, Shri Mohan faced a number of hurdles ranging from non-availability of breeder seed and foundation seed to scarcity of capital for setting up his own processing unit and space for seed storage go-down. But, with his hard work and dedication towards achieving his target, the Year - 2017 had a mélange of stories for Shri Sisodiya to share about with the world.

Some of the major achievements of Shri Sisodiya are as under:

Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya: Making Wheat Seeds way to earn Livelihood  Shri Mohan Singh Sisodiya: Making Wheat Seeds way to earn Livelihood

  • License from the Government of Madhya Pradesh for doing ease of business in the name of “Aadarsh Enterprises”.
  • Procured Breeder/Foundation Seed of high yielding wheat, Gram, Soybean varieties from reputed organizations, such as, IARI, Indore; RVSKVV, Gwalior; JNKVV, Jabalpur and M.P. Seed Federation.
  • Organized about 500 farmers from 25 villages of Khargone Districts of Madhya Pradesh. These farmers are growing seeds on about 2,500 acres.
  • Processed the seed received from member farmers in his own seed processing plant having processing and packaging facility, such as, Grader, Gravity separator, Destoner, Seed treater, automatic weighing and bagging machine unit with a storage capacity of 3,000 Metric tonnes set up at his own village. The process involved a total investment of Rs. 2 Crores loan received from Central Bank of India, IDBI, Cooperative Bank and NAABARD.
  • He procured 1109 quintal seed from 86 registered farmers in 2011 at starting which rose as 22,314 quintal in 2017 from 500 registered farmers. This plant much talked about farmers and seed dealers as one of the best seed processing plant in the region.

Knowing about the best quality of seeds produced by Shri Sisodiya, a seed company - M/s Syngenta India Pvt. Ltd. underwent a business deal by signing a MoU with his company to produce 5,000 quintal HI-1544 wheat seed for the company in 2016.

In the process, Shri Sisodiya not only succeeded in building his own popular brand for producing the best quality wheat seeds, but he did succeeded in providing the employment opportunities to 46 skilled laborers who are now capable enough to earn the breads for themselves and their families too.

Now, Shri Sisodiya’s venture is multiplying its commercial and professional wings ahead by involving more than 2,000 farmers in about 100 adjoining villages with a business turnover of Rs. 6.26 Crores and a net profit of Rs. 16,18,000 per annum.

The Year-wise progress of Seed Production

YEAR

NO. OF MEMBERS

PRODUCTION OF SEED (Q)

GROSS INCOME (RS.)

NET INCOME (RS.)

2011-2012

87

1,109

3,80,629

60,389

2012-2013

148

3,164

24,39,409

3,59,226

2013-2014

201

7,539

41,43,658

9,38,617

2014-2015

331

13,625

69,81,883

9,50,640

2015-2016

500

10,885

1,03,36,065

11,31,631

2016-2017

500

22,314

6,26,31,312

16,18,059

In his overall success, the KVK, Khargone played a pivotal and invincible role in making Shri Sisodiya to be a brand ambassador of youth involved in agricultural and farming sectors. He has become a role model for other Agri-Entrepreneurs in the District.

(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khargone, Madhya Pradesh)