Gulam Mohammad, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district has one of those rare rags to riches stories that prove that consistency coupled with hard work and passion can have a huge payoff. Spare a few minutes to know more about him..
Earning Rs 4 crore annually
The 54-year-old farmer from Jarwal village combined his passion for farming with his curiosity to experiment and has now not only become one of the most well-known farmers in the state but makes a whopping Rs 4 crores annually.
In the early 1980s, a teenage Gulam Mohammed dropped out of school in eighth grade on account of financial restraints and started working with his father on their one-acre family farm where they grew wheat, rice, potatoes, tomatoes, and other vegetables on their one acre of land. However, the family’s financial condition was not stable.
Started his journey as a clerk
An 18-year-old Gulam started working as a clerk in the Nagar Panchayat earning Rs. 11.50 daily and went on to work there for 21 years in 1985.
He was content with his monthly salary of Rs. 6600 but he was still very passionate about farming and would keep innovating with that on the side.
Experiment in farming
Gulam would experiment by growing crops that would bring more money. He was a married man by 18 and living with so many financial constraints was difficult too, especially after he lost his job as a clerk.
Luckily Gulam’s passion for farming paid off and in 2000 his investment of Rs 5,500 in bananas got him a profit of Rs 40,000 in one year.
Farming gave results
The then 33-year-old turned his focus to banana farming and using all of his land and some leased farms he began to grow the fruit on over 24 acres of farmland.
Next, 20 years later, when the world was reeling under the effects of the coronavirus pandemic Gulam still managed to earn Rs 4 crore annually.
The farmer has made sure that not just him and his family, but also that of his siblings are employed and earning through his many farms.
Gulam has not only become a reputed farmer in the state but has also received the ASM Udyan Ratna Award for progressive farming and many other appreciation certificates by the Uttar Pradesh government as well as agricultural institutions.
We wish him best of luck.
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