Farmer, entrepreneur, homemaker, parent, and many more… Mohini Mogal is a woman who graciously plays many roles in her day-to-day life. She has not just established herself as a successful farmer but also has helped in scaling her husband’s jaggery factory, without letting her children feel neglected.
This is the story of a woman who did not reduce farming just to a mere source of income but made it her passion and worked hard to see her farms flourish. From having no experience in farming to single-handedly taking care of 30 acres of land. Mohini has come a long way as a farmer and businesswoman.
Mohini got married to Valmiki Mogal in 1993. Farming was the primary business for her husband’s family; Mohini too had to learn farming to support her husband. It was difficult for her at first, since she had a background of farming in her maiden home. But her father-in-law supported her and taught her everything about farming. Initially, she worked on the farm alongside her father-in-law and brother-in-law. As she explored more about farming her interest started to grow.
Soon she took the responsibility of taking care of 11 acres of vineyard that her family owned. Taking care of such a big farm was no easy task. A lot of challenges came her way, and the unavailability of labor was a major one. During such times Mohini herself did all the work manually. From putting up the sprinklers to spraying the crop with the help of a tractor, Mohini learned all the activities.
In 2006, in addition to farming, Mohini’s husband started a jaggery factory. Mohini supported her husband by taking up the sales department of his factory. She gathered the women from her village and started an entrepreneurship development program with this group. With the help of this group. she started the marketing of their jaggery produce by participating in various framer’s markets and exhibitions. They managed to generate sales for the jaggery in cities like Nashik, Mumbai, and Jalgaon etc. Today Mohini sells 3 to 4 tons of jaggery through this group. The income from this factory helped her in developing her farm. She had to face a lot of challenges too. Like, during the Corona time, the sale of grapes steeply declined, Mohini overcame this problem by processing these grapes to make raisins and avoided losses. Although labor shortage is still a major challenge for Mohini. Mohini plans to establish new systems to manage the shortage of labor force. From having no experience in farming to managing a flourishing piece of land, Mohini herself has blossomed into a successful framer in her journey. We applaud her contribution to taking a farming business to a new height.