A tech-savvy physics professor at Government Junior College in the city of Wyra is leading the way for farmers by cultivating the exotic and delicious dragon fruit by following an organic farming method to protect soil fertility and using cameras from solar powered surveillance to save the ready to harvest fruit from theft and the threat of monkeys.
For Bukya Veerabhadra Rao, 45, from a small village in Nelaondapalli mandal, organic farming has been a passion since his school years.
He continued to pursue his interest in organic farming and growing fruit plants even after entering the teaching profession more than 16 years ago after graduating from M.Sc and B.Ed from Osmania University.
He obtained dragon fruit plants from a progressive farmer in Sangareddy district and planted them on his 1.5 acre farm field adopting organic farming method at Ganya Tanda in Kusumanchi mandal in September of last year.
He has now started to harvest a rich harvest of exotic fruits known for their high nutritional value.
To protect dragon fruit ready for harvest, he recently installed solar-powered surveillance cameras on his farm.
Dragon fruit is not only delicious but healthy because it contains micronutrients and is considered to be an immunity booster, says Veerabhadra Rao.
There is a growing awareness about the health benefits of dragon fruit and, as such, the demand for the delicious fruit is set to grow further, he noted, claiming that dragon fruit currently sells for a good price in the range of 170-200 per kg on the local market.
The solar-powered CCTV cameras recently installed on my farm help me keep an eye on the movement of monkeys and intruders on my smartphone via the internet, he explains, pointing to the potential of wireless technologies and security systems. off-grid surveillance to protect fruit crops. in rural areas.
“I’m trying to educate local farmers to embrace organic farming and harness the latest technology to earn a sustainable income,” said the physics professor, who has switched to high tech to protect his farm field, said declared The Hindu.
“Fruit crops must be grown in a natural way to protect soil fertility, public health and the environment,” he emphasizes.