“Time stops for no one, then how can we? We must keep working hard no matter how difficult the situations are.” Survarna makes this statement with a belief in herself. This is the inspiring tale of Suvarna Prakash Ugale, who has overcome all the hurdles in her life with her positive outlook on life.
Survarnatai got married to Prakash Ugale from Dongargaon in 2001. Prakash had a disability in one leg due to Polio. But Suvarna supports him through all. She says, “Anyone could make a living when everything is going well. But it is a real challenge to make a livelihood with someone who is different and I was ready to take up this challenge” Prakash’s family had been working in the tobacco factory for generations. They had 5 acres of land, but it was given out for others to cultivate. Even though Prakash was differently-abled, he was highly educated. After marriage, Suvarna encouraged him to pursue B.ed. Later, he was appointed as a professor in a college in Sangamner on a contract basis. While they were working, financial problems were still a part of their life. Their farm was given to others to cultivate and was not yielding much so Suvarna decided to take the responsibility of the farm on herself. Besides this, she also decided to start a dairy. During this time too, challenges cropped up. There came a situation where Prakash had to pay five lakh rupees to his institution. So they had to sell their cows and shut the dairy to gather this amount. But Suvarna continued her efforts on the farm.
They often faced water shortage issues on the farm. So they decided to deepen the well to reach the water table. In 2005, their efforts reaped success and the well water improved the conditions on the farm. They made good profits and were able to purchase new cows and restart the dairy.
In 2009, Suvarna decided to cultivate pomegranates on the farm, she even bought the saplings for the same. However, her father-in-law did not support this decision due to the fear of loss. He even made her return the saplings she had bought. In the next year, she managed to convince her father-in-law to cultivate pomegranates on the farm. This decision proved profitable for them and they harvested export-quality pomegranates. As the conditions improved they expanded their farms, and with this Survarna was equally paying attention to the dairy.
Together they have 6 cows and electronic milking machines in their dairy. They sell almost 110 liters of milk daily. With this, they have also started animal husbandry. With the profits from the farms, they have purchased a new plot of 3 ‘Guntha’. They have also ventured into grape farming. Suvarna expresses her desire to excel here as well. When asked about who she looks up to for inspiration. Suvarna mentions that every successful farmer is an inspiration for her. Whenever she comes gets an opportunity to meet any such farmer she makes it a point to visit their farm to learn and expand her knowledge.
Suvarna’s positive outlook on life has always helped her find a way in all situations and that is something we all can learn from her.