BEST PER­FORM­ING KHEDA

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Kheda wins lau­rels in agri­cul­ture for three rea­sons: ir­ri­ga­tion cov­er­age

for 96 per cent of farm­land, aided by the Kadana dam, which en­ables farm­ers to sow three crops a year; 58,000 hectares cov­ered by tobacco cul­ti­va­tion; and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing a cold stor­age chain that helps potato grow­ers. The re­turn on tobacco is over Rs 80,000 per hectare as against Rs 40,000 on paddy. Farm labour­ers pre­fer work­ing on tobacco farms as they get paid higher wages. Cold stor­age fa­cil­i­ties have boosted potato cul­ti­va­tion by 20 per cent

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FARM­ERS AT WORK IN KHEDA DISTRICT

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