Availability of quality planting material is highly essential for successful commercial vegetable cultivation. Farmers generally prepare small nurseries in their backyard solely for personal usage. However in the event of pest and disease incidence, natural calamity or field mortality of plants in early stages, the farmer does not have sufficient time to raise new nursery. To address this issue farmer-groups in Self Help Groups (SHGs) were provided with polyhouses/nethouses for production of quality planting material on commercial basis in protected conditions. They were provided with the structure, with accessories and initial consumables, and were trained in field about advanced nursery management technologies like soil solarisation, grafting, sowing, fertilisation, raised beds, pest and disease management activities, etc.
In Purunia village of Patna block of Keonjhar district, the Self Help Group, named Maa Basant Kuanri Krushak Sangha initiated a commercial nursery for vegetable crops like tomato, brinjal, chilli, cabbage, cauliflower, drumstick and fruit crops like papaya. They were trained and guided regularly by the project personnel. The group is not only able to cater its own needs of quality planting material, but also caters to the need of the nearby villages. They have earned a additional income of Rs 15700/-. With increasing income season by season, the group is confident of setting an example of success in the region.