About GURPREET SHERGILL AND HIS Farm
After completing my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, I opted for farming as a means of employment instead of running after a job. I was never satisfied with the conventional system of farming and my extensive reading of scientific literature based on modern farming practices helped me becoming a diversified and a modern farmer.
I began by starting a dairy in addition to the conventional crop cycle of wheat and paddy followed by fish farming. At every step, I was guided by my father Baldev Singh Shergill and assisted by my brother Karanjit Singh Shergill. However, flowers always fascinated me and I along with my father and my brother ventured into floriculture in 1996 starting with Marigold cultivation. Today we have come a long way with Gladiolus, Gulzafri, Rose, Statice and Gypsophilia cultivation along with Marigold. My quest for knowledge took me to Holland in 2002, where I attended ‘Floriade 2002’, an international flower exhibition organized every 10 years. I also visited world’s largest auction center of fresh flowers at Alsmeer, Holland and I also attended ‘World Rose Convention 2003’ in Glasgow, UK.
I am a regular participant in Kisan Melas, Flower Shows at State, National and International Level. Besides this, I also make it a point to attend short duration and vocational trainings conducted by KVK, Patiala. I also have the fellowship of IARI. We visit other farmers and cultivators of repute to learn about the latest and innovative farming techniques. To keep my knowledge updated I reads ‘Change Kheti’, ‘Kheti Dunia’, ‘Modern Kheti’ and ‘Floriculture Today’ magazines.
RESOURCES OWNED BY GURPREET SHERGILL
National Award winning Shergill Agricultural Farm is situated at village Majhal Khurd, on Patiala-Cheeka Road, approx. 14 Kms. from Patiala.
TOTAL AREA: 36 ACRES
Horticultural Crops: 22 Acres
Field Crops: 12 Acres
Tubewells: 36 Acres
Canal Water: 10 Acres
Water Storage Tank: 25 Acres
Dairy: 10 HF cows
Fishery: 1 Acre, 20 feet deep
pond with 18000 fish
½ Acre under Dek/other trees
2000 Sq. ft. under Vermiculture
TECHNIQUES – Shergill Agricultural Farm
We are actively pursuing cultivation of flowers and the prominent ones that we grow are Gladiolus-English on 5 acres, Gladiolus on 5 acres, Gladiolus Cormels on 4 acres and Roses on 3 acres.
Besides Horticulture, we are also actively doing the mainstay agriculture. We follow the cycle of Paddy and Wheat every year on 10 acres of land. We use 6 acres of land to cultivate green fodder as well.
We have a vermin-composting unit covering 2000 sq. ft. area which produces 700-800 quintals of vermin-compost every year. We use this vermin-compost in our fields and also sell it in the local market as well under the trade name Balson.
When we first started farming, we started with dairy farming as well along with the conventional agricultural cycle of wheat and rice.
We also do fish farming along with floriculture and agriculture.
We also develop and market rose water developed at our own plant.