Welcome to KVK, Doda (Bhaderwah) SKUAST-J.
                                       SUCCESS STORY


1. Sucess Story of Hind Bhushan

2. Sucess Story of Honey Marketing

3. Sucess Story of Jaswant

4. Sucess Story of Mohd. Ashraf-july

5. Sucess Story of diversification

6. Sucess Story of oats


    Name: Ramneek Manhas

 Age: 28 years

      Address: Village Sartnagal, Bhaderwah (Doda)

     Phone no.: 9858481245



Ramneek Manhas, a young man of 28 years of age resides at village Sartangal, Bhaderwah studied upto Post-graduation level. After completing his study, he went Delhi and engaged in advertisement business. He has certain inclination towards his village and agriculture profession. Later, he came in contact with the Scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Doda and than make up his mind to start agriculture venture in his ancestral land and village. Today, Mr. Manhas is well known personality in his village and district. He earns wealth and fame with this profession and his efforts recognised even within and outside of district. His father is also a well known farmer of district and he too motivated him to adoption agriculture as profession. He has 50 kanal (2.5 ha) scattered, sloppy rocky lands, terraces and level fields. With the consultation of experts, he took the advantage of local nullah flowing nearby his field and started fishery enterprise. His intelligence, risk taking capacity, hardworking, innovativeness has given a big boost to him for starting agriculture on scientific lines, which later on added more land and resources.

                He has undertaken horticulture and fishery as a main enterprise. He set up a horticulture nursery at his village, where he raised strawberry runners, grafted apple, pear, peach, apricot, hazelnut, walnut plants. He also set up a fishery unit of four raceways. He supplied the strawberry runners to the almost all the districts of Jammu division. He has planted high density apple orchards of about 100 plants, 85 pear, 5 plum and 28 nectarine plants. Besides this, he also planted 200 plants of Kiwi orchards. He also an instrumental for floriculture development in the region. He started the cultivation of marigold.

Location of Farm:

Mr Manhas's Farm is located in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir on Sartangal- Bhaderwah road about 5km away from bhaderwah town and 255 km away from Jammu, the summer capital of J&K. The elevation is approximately 1500 m AMSL. The area falls under hill and mountainous Agro-Eco region of  the country. The area falls under the sub temperate, sub humid and mid hills. Horticulture based farming is mainly practiced in area. The soil of farm are loam to clay loam. Paddy and Maize are the main crops grown by the farmers of the area. Most of the area remains follow during winter. Therefore, the farmers took only one crop (Kharif crop) in a year. Oats grown in rabi season on some extend.

Horticulture Plant Nursery:


The climate of the area fairly suitable for the cultivation of temperate fruits such as apple, peach , plum, apricot, walnut, almond, hazelnut, persimmon, kiwi etc. There is always demand of  fruit plant material. The farmer of the area mostly depend on the private nursery owner who supplied the plant material and it was difficult to fetch that material form long distances and losses occurred while transporting the material. Ramneek Manhas came in contact with the KVK Bhaderwah and after getting training and the technical and material ,he initiated the strawberry runner production at about .3ha and raised 1,50000  strawberry runners in the 2010 and nursery got registered with the Department of Horticulture, Jammu That he sold to Department of Horticulture at thr rate of Rs 1 per runner and earned Rs 1.5 lac from strawberry runners. Mr. Manhas was back up with the technical support from both the KVK and RHRSS,
Bhaderwah(Doda) of SKUAST-J and Department of Horticulture.The runners so raised were sale at Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Poonch, Samba, Kathua district through Department of Horticulture and SKAUST-J.



S. No.





Planting material

(Strawberry runners@1/runner




Ploughing @800 kanal

Planted in 6 kanal



 Labour cost for Transplanting of runners in beds @ Rs 200 per labour

Three labour for three days



Cost of manure an fertilizer




Two hand Weeding

Three labour for three days per weeding



Uprooting the runners and packaging

Three labour for six  days






 Total runners produced = 1,50000 and sold @ Rs1 per runner and therefore, earned 1.5 lac

Net profit = 1,50000-22,900 =1,27,100.00                   

During the current season (2011) he also raised 1.5 lac runners and sold to the farmers and Department of Horticulture. He participated in Mega Fruit Show, Jammu organised by the Department of Horticulture and sold 20,000 strawberry runners. Now, he started to raise the grafted apple plants, pear, walnut, and apricot.

Cultivation of fruit crops:

The fruit crop like apple, plum, peach, apricot, nectarine and kiwi plant in his farm. He is first orchardist in the district to grow 200 kiwi plants. He has established a high density apple orchard of 100 plants. Besides, this he planted 85 pear, 5 plum , 28 nectraine and  10 pecannut. He carried out all the cultural operation like training & pruning, fertilizer & mannuring, plant protection measures scientifically and with the consultation of the scientist of KVK and RHSS, Bhaderwah.

Cultivation of marigold:


In the year 2010, Mr Manhas with the consultation of  KVK, Bhadwerah started the cultivation of marigold in his farm at an area of 4 kanal. Though KVK, Doda he linked with Department of Floriculture through which he get a support of Rs 800 per kanal. He used the variety Pusa Narangi and produced 10 qt of yield which he sold to Jammu market @ RS 24/kg and therefore earned an amount of Rs 24000/- from the sale of marigold flowers. The amount he received is 27200(24000+ 3200 subsidy amount). Now in current year, he took two crop of marigold crop. Besides this, other farmers after seeing his success also started the cultivation of marigold.

Fishery Rearing Unit:

    Mr, Manhas has an 1ha land along the bank of Neeru nullah, which flows whole years. The land is stony, unfertile and unploughable. Earlier, he kept his land follow and no earning get from it. KVK also helped him convert that waste land into fish pond. Mr Manhas avail the support of Department of Fisheries and construct the fish pond for the cost of  6.00 lacs (2009-10)and reared Cold water fish Rainbow Trout. It has high demand and likeness of the consumer. He reared 12000 livestocks in six raceways.

                        Tie and Dye: A Success Story of Neelam

Name: Neelam Koul

                                                                                Age: 45 years

                                                                                Address: Village Manthala, Bhaderwah (Doda)


Family background

Smt. Neelam Koul was born on 3rd of April, 1967 at village Manthala in Bhaderwah, District Doda, Jammu. She is matriculate. She got married in the year 1986 and have two sons and two daughter. Her husband is a government employee. Her sons are studying at Jammu and the daughters are in Class 11th and 7th at Bhaderwah. Her desire is to make her children stand on their foot and get good jobs. She lives in a joint family.

Agricultural Background

Family of Neelam don't have the ancestral land at Bhaderwah and thus have purchased three Kanal land for residential and agriculture purpose. This land is shared with the two younger brother-in-laws. They grow paddy as main crop and the produce, which is about three quintals per year is shared among three brothers. Besides this, sometimes they also cultivate other land on lease basis for which they have to give half of the produce to the tenants as cost of hiring the land. Since the area is mono cropped so they get only paddy as main crop in the whole year. In addition to this, she also has a small kitchen garden where she grows all the seasonal vegetables and fruits to meet the daily requirement for self consumption.

Income from other sources

The ground floor of her house is rented to Animal Husbandry Department and she is getting Rs 500 per month as rent.

Expenditure pattern

Besides spending for the day to day requirements of the house, she has to spend additional money for her two sons studying at Jammu and two daughters studying in Bhaderwah.

Training Need

 When her children grew up and required less of her attention, her internal desires to do something to add to her family income cropped up but she was not finding the solution in terms of:

What to do ?

Though Neelam was creative by her nature but she was not able to decide which way to go? What enterprises were best suited to her and was profitable and she could manage without disturbing her family routine.

How to do ?

The second difficulty was that how to start with? From where to arrange the funds? How much should be the initial investment? From where to purchase the basic material?

Where to do ?

The last but the most important question was that which place was best suited? She wanted to start the enterprise at a place where there less of the competition and she could get maximum profit.


Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Doda, SKUAST-Jammu started imparting farmers and vocational trainings in the discipline of Home Science in the year 2004. Neelam Koul became familiar with KVK when she attended her first training programme on tie and dye. On the very day after participating in the training programme, the idea clicked into her mind to take up tie and dye as an enterprise. She contacted with KVK and discussed with the Home Scientist about her interest to take this activity as an enterprise. She also explained her need to support her family in term of additional income required to meet the basic demand of her growing children's education in particular. The Home Scientist convinced her to start this enterprise and other allied women oriented enterprises like peco, interlock, cutting and stitching, embroidery etc. She agreed upon and acquired training on different topics of different duration as follows:

Name of the training programme

Date with year

Tie and dye

19th Jan 2005

Pot decoration

17th March 2005

Awareness  programme for nursing mothers

24th March 2005

Recipes from locally available vegetables

7th April 2005

Cutting, stitching and tailoring

4-13th June 2007

Gender sensitization through self help group

9-10th June 2008


Till date she has acquired six trainings from KVK, Doda on different topics and of different duration.

Technical guidance from other sources

This KVK triggered Neelam's interest and imparted the basic training on tie and dye to her, but to set up her own enterprise, she was in need of more technical as well as marketing tactics. On the suggestion of the KVK, she went to the market for further minute technical guidance by the person who was actually doing the job of tie and dye. There she contacted Sh. Ghulam Rasool who was actively involved in tie and dye business. He charged Rs 3000/- from her as a fee. She underwent three months extensive training in the year 2006. Even Sh Ghulam Rasool was impressed with her ability to catch the things so easily and with perfection. Instead of six months she did her training in just three months. Now she is perfect in making the shades, different colours for different fabrics, pretreatment of the fabrics before dying etc.

Setting up her own enterprise

After getting the inspiration and basic training from the KVK and minute technical details on marketing tactics from Sh Ghulam Rasool she started her own unit at Sarana in June, 2006 which is about 1.5km away from her home. She pays Rs 250 per month as rent and Rs 100 as electricity charges.

Initial investment on purchase of equipment/machinery for setting up her enterprise

Name of the equipment

Cost (in Rs)


Source of funding

Peco machine (Sonam Brand)



Rs 5000/- from father

Interlock machine (Delux Brand)



Out of own pocket

Tie and dye material (including colours, stove acid, alkali, salt, patilas)



Out of own pocket

Accessories (scissors, measuring tape, threads etc)



Out of own pocket

Embroidery material



Out of own pocket


Commercial activities in her shop

She carries out tie and dye, peco, interlock and some times embroidery in the shop. the amount of work and the charges are given below:


 Work load per day

Charges in rupees

Dying of dupatta

5 to 8 dupattas

Single shade @ Rs 25 and double shade @ Rs 50 per dupatta


5 to 6 dupattas

@ Rs 10 per dupatta


2 to 3 suits

 @ Rs 20 per suit


Very oftenly

Depends on the amount of embriodery



Her total income from the unit ranges from Rs 150 to 200 per day

Future plans

Besides the above mentioned enterprises (tie and dye, peco, interlock and embroidery) she also wants to keep cosmetics in her shop. She is of the opinion that the girls in Bhaderwah feel comfortable to purchase such items from a female shop keeper. She says if the funds permit she would also like to start beauty parlor. To increase her daily income she wants to expand her business.

                   Another Success Story of Tulsi Ram


Name: Tulsi Ram

  Address: Kanota,Assar  (Doda)



Tulsi Ram S/o Hari Saran of village Kanota, Block Assar, District Doda is gaining the popularity in the district by his hard work, dedication, intelligence and innovativeness in adopting scientific recommended practices of vegetable cultivation. The block Assar is well renowned through its vegetable cultivation in the State Jammu & Kashmir. It fulfils the majority of demand of vegetable Jammu region. The vegetable so produced marketed directly to Narwal Mandi of Jammu. While the village Kanota is 5km away from the Assar and towards downwards side of the main Jammu-Doda road and situated on NH-273.Most of the area is water stress and depend on rain. The cropping patter is maize and mustard. Tulsi attended several training programmes of the KVK, Doda on commercial vegetable production and also involved in laid out of Frontline Demonstration on Mustard. Later with the scientist of KVK, Doda he resolve the problem of irrigation. Through the pipes the water from upper reaches of hills was used for irrigation. Now there was plenty of water available for irrigation the crop. The soil of the village loam to clay loam and suitable for vegetable cultivation.  The main vegetables grown are tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, brinjal, beans, bittergaurd, capsicum, and peas. Though his concert effort and hard working he took four crops in a year.

Honour Received:

Looking his zeal to learn and adopt latest technologies in his field, Mr Tulsi become a role model for other village. He was selected as Scientist Advisory Committee Member for KVK, Doda during year 2009-2010. He was awarded best farmer under ATMA and won a prize for Rs 10000/- during the State Level Function at Jammu. He also selected as member of Research Council of Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar. He also a member of Kisan Miter Sangh, Jatti (Assar) formed with support of KVK, Doda for transferring the latest technology of research station to their farms and also the farmers problem to the research stations and KVK.





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