I am Hariman Sharma and today I’m a successful horticulturist. In my family, I have my wife, two sons, and two daughters. I come from a place (Bilaspur, H.P) where land has 80% rocks and 20% soil. The success that I have achieved today, for that I have faced many challenges and difficulties.
From 1971 to 1982 I was a laborer; from 1983 to 1990, I have done rock breaking and vegetable cultivation; from 1991 to 1998, I also started nurturing mango orchard along with vegetable cultivation. In 1999 I observed a small apple seedling sprouted in my courtyard and I preserved that seedling and started nurturing it with the knowledge that I gained during my farming experience. After two years the apple tree started giving fruits, fruits were good in quality but were small in size. So, to improve the quality I grafted its stem with the plum tree and the results were exceptionally good. Ultimately, I developed a different variety of apple which can be grown commercially at very low hills with a warm climate.
Slowly with the time words got spread about the discovery of a new variety of apple by me. On 7 July 2007, I went to Shimla and offered a basket of my variety of apples to the Himachal CM. And soon the CM named this apple as “Hariman”. Experts from Horticulture University especially visited my orchards and were truly convinced.
I developed 8 apple trees and they are growing alongside the mango trees till date. The apple variety that I have developed is named after me – HRMN-99. So far, I have developed and distributed 3 lakh trees to farmers across the country and 55 apple saplings of HRMN-99 are also planted in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
I have planted 15ooo apple saplings with the NIF (National Innovation Foundation) sponsorship in 29 states out of which in 15 states fruits has already started bearing, and 30,000 with the sponsorship of C.C.M.B (Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology Hyderabad) in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. Meneka Sanjay Gandhi is the Brand Ambassador of my apple variety.
Other than this I also have fruit orchards of Mango, Litchi, Pomegranate, Coffee and Peach trees.
21 Bigha- 12 Biswa
Mango, Litchi, Pomegranate, Coffee and Peach trees
2 Buffaloes, 1 Goat
1 Well, Power tiller, 1 Tank, Sprinkler & Drip Irrigation System (Fitted throughout the orchards) and Polyhouse.
Karma is the right of human beings. Karma is not done for achieving the fruits. In a field, farmer’s work is to sow the seeds, but growing grains is not in the hands of the farmer. The farmer should never leave his work incomplete and should try everything to make his best effort. I tried to nurture that apple seedling and do something innovative with it, that’s why I’m here and that’s why an apple variety is named after me. Every farmer should try his best and do his karma.