Solanaceous Farmer Vegetable Planter

Vegetable Crop Cultivator

Vegetable Farmer

Minimum ? No entry barrier, preferably 5th standard pass

Certified training for Solanaceous Crop Cultivator (programme aligned to AGR/Q0502 released by Agriculture Skill Council of India)

One year of previous experience in vegetable operations

The tasks a Solanaceous Crop Cultivator is expected to perform include:

Obtaining appropriate equipment and tools for cultivating solanaceous crop

Procuring seedfrom the market

Preparing the nursery

Cultivating the solanaceous crop

Harvesting the produce

Marketing and selling the farm produce

Knowledge of the tools and equipment used in vegetable farming

Ability to select appropriate site for cultivation of vegetables

Proficient in seed selection and seedling production

Skilled in performing propagation and transplantation

Skilled in preparing the land and soil for solanaceous crops

Familiar with soil nutrient management in vegetable crops

Familiar with integrated insect, pest and disease management for vegetable cultivation

Proficient in weed control and management in solanaceous crop

Familiar with irrigation management in vegetables

Familiar with harvest and post harvest management

Skilled in basic farm management

Equipped to assimilate market information

Updated with the latest development in variety of solanaceous crops and knowledge any technical advancement

Basic arithmetic skills

Will be updated

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Ability to take risks

Hardworking and persistent


Self-directed learner


Ability to negotiate

It is a field job

May require supervising a team of other field Workers

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time jobs may be available in some farms

Work from home is not available

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Overtime is common during the harvesting season Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Shift system may be applicable as per the farm norms

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not listedas hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, exposure to extreme weather conditions,

Occupational hazards include exposure to considerable amounts of dust and equipment noise

For daily wage workers`175 to `200 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Solanaceous Trend in the Indian Agriculture Scene

India has the advantage of diverse agro climatic condition, which enables it to produce a wide range of vegetable crops round the year. In the recent years, India has witnessed tremendous changes in both the production and productivity of several vegetable crops especially in case of solanaceous vegetables such as -tomato, brinjal and chilli,

However, it does not fulfil the basic requirements of ever increasing population because of low productivity and huge post -harvest losses in case of solanaceous vegetables from farmers? field to market and finally to the consumers? hand as compared to other vegetable crops.

Chilli, tomato and brinjal account for about 20% of the total vegetable production in the country. Average productivity of tomato, brinjal and chilli in India during 2007-08 was

179 q/ha, 170 q/ha and 100.6 q/ha respectively

Developed countries like Japan has

310 q/ha average brinjal productivity. In USA 667 q/ha of average tomato productivity and in Spain 445 q/ha of average chilli productivity (NHB, 2008).1


Solanaceous crop farm owners Agriculture co-operative organization

The job openings are widely found in small towns and villages acrossthe country

Indira Gandhi Agricultural University

Junagadh Agricultural University

Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth

Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology

Punjab Agricultural University