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In a remarkable feat, Raghu and Somil Gumber, hailing from a family of traders in Muktsar, have defied the odds by successfully cultivating saffron in a room at their home. Despite lacking farming experience, their venture into saffron cultivation began last year, with a substantial investment in a specially designed ‘lab’, complete with temperature control systems, wooden trays, and iron racks.
The brothers, motivated by the desire to do something unique, purchased saffron seeds from Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir. After a setback in their first attempt, they embraced innovation, adopting aeroponic, a soil-free farming technique that utilizes automated devices to control temperature, humidity, and light. This approach, though unconventional, has proven to be a game-changer.
As of now, the brothers have harvested 100-125 grams of saffron crop, with expectations to yield a total of 300-350 grams. Talks are already underway with a company for potential sales. Their success is not only a testament to determination but also highlights the possibilities of non-traditional farming methods in diverse climates.
Kuljeet Singh, Assistant Director of Horticulture in Muktsar district, expressed surprise at the saffron cultivation trial in the region. While the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has not recommended saffron cultivation in the state, the brothers’ success opens up conversations about the adaptability of crops and the potential for introducing unique farming practices in unconventional areas.
The Gumber brothers’ journey showcases the potential for innovation in agriculture, even in regions with no farming history. Their story prompts reflection on the adaptability of crops and the transformative power of modern farming techniques. As we celebrate their success, we look toward a future where agriculture continues to break boundaries and thrive in unexpected places.