Himmat’s himmat (courage) brought laurels to his name and fame through agroforestry

Sri Himmat Ahirwar, village Shivrampur, Tehsil Niwari, Distt. Tikamgarh (M.P.) is a humble farmer.  Although, he owns 10 acre of land but due to non-availability of water in his holding he lives a miserable life along with family. He is supporting a family of 14 members. One of his fields of about 2.5 acre is located on the top reaches of Garhkundar-Dabar Watershed.  He has one shallow dug well in this holding but no water to irrigate. As such he grew til (sesame) and occasionally gram in this field. Sri Himmat was convinced by scientist of ICAR-CAFRI, Jhansi for agroforestry land use in this field but protection and watering to plants in initial two year of plant establishment was a major concern. Sri Himmat showed courage and planted anola cv. NA-7 in an area of around 1.0 acre. He planted 56 plants spaced 8x8m. He was also suggested to grow blackgram during kharif and gram in rabi for initial 2-3 years during their establishment phase. He was suggested to plant Acacia senegal on his field boundary as live fence. As such, besides regular crop yield he is now getting aonla fruits with ` 10000/ every year, 25-30 kg fuel wood from pruning of Acacia senegal from the same piece of land. Now hi is getting assured income every year, this successful agroforestry intervention at Himmat’s filed is also acting as source of inspiration to the other farmers of the area.