It was an uphill task in literal sense, which Kapur Singh Beniwal, a farmer of Panihar village, 20km from Hisar, performed with perfection. Through sheer hard labour, he transformed a barren 10-acre hillock into a fertile tract of land.
His sandy mound was lying unused and barren for want of water. It was a huge task to lift the
water from the road level to the hillock. But he was determined to grow fruit and vegetables on the sandy mound and took the challenge.
He first met the officers of horticulture department, who advised him to build a water tank and lift the water through pipes and irrigate the crop and trees with sprinklers and underground network of pipes.
He got subsidy to construct the tank and after that he did not look behind and ultimately got the success. Now, the farmers from Rajasthan (border is about 8 km from his village) and Haryana villages visit his farm to see the 'miracle'.
The hard labour paid as the land produces quality guava and citrus fruits, besides vegetables. He has planted nearly 1,100 guava trees which are yielding good produce.
Amarjeet Singh Kundu, horticulture development officer, said, "Kapur Singh has set an example for others. Farmers should get inspiration from his commendable work. The farmers in desert can become prosperous by adopting the techniques used by him. Water harvesting, water re-use and recharging the water source is the key to his success. A large number of farmers can take benefits by following his example."