From law studies to HD apple farming, Ganderbal student shapes his dream at 11 kanal orchard

Raja Syed Rather

Ganderbal, Feb 10: Mian Nazim, a law student hailing from the Woder Kachnambal in Ganderbal has defied convention by venturing into the world of agriculture with his successful high density apple farming.

His journey from law books to orchard development has not only transformed his own life but has also become a beacon of hope for his community.

Breaking the mold, Nazim transitioned from traditional orchards to embrace the government’s Horticulture Development Program (HDP) in 2021, leveraging the scheme’s 50% subsidy to catapult his orchard into a flourishing enterprise.

He shared with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) his strategic planning and unwavering determination that led to the expansion of his orchard to an impressive 11-kanal HDP orchard.

In just the first year of operation, Nazim’s orchard yielded good returns, generating 4 lakh rupees from 6 kanals alone. However, his success transcends monetary gains, as Nazim emphasized his commitment to empowering his community by providing employment opportunities. By hiring and compensating two individuals, he not only elevated their standard of living but also contributed to combating unemployment in the region.

Nazim attributes much of his inspiration to Mian Naqashband, whose mentorship instilled in him the confidence to thrive in the agricultural sector. Looking ahead, Nazim envisions further expansion of his orchard while exploring innovative and sustainable farming techniques. He firmly believes that entrepreneurship holds the key to addressing unemployment woes and encourages aspiring young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams relentlessly. —(KNO)

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