Greenhouse farming in Burhanpur
Burhanpur is a serene, semi-rural town in the heartland of India. Within it lies the Dargah-e-Hakimi mausoleums, around which lie acres of open land and modern living facilities for thousands of guests at a time. The mausoleums house the resting places of a da'i, Syedna Abdul Tayyeb Zakiuddin RA and Syedi Jivanji QR - both themselves fathers to 2 da'is - as well as the much venerated mazoon of the dawat Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin QR. It is after his name that the dargah is named Dargah-e-Hakimi. The current, 53rd da'i Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is his and Syedi Jivanji's QR direct descendant.
The dargah has been a place of pilgrimage for Dawoodi Bohras for centuries but in the last century especially the dargah has undergone a transformation in terms of the accommodation and facilities it provides to the guests. In addition the vast landscaped gardens and abundant trees, clean air, spotless surroundings provide a retreat like ambience that leads many a visitor to stay over for several nights at a time and even weeks.
Beyond the buildings of the dargah lie almost 90 acres of farm land growing wheat, sugar cane, banana, cotton and onion. Greenhouses are used to grow the likes of cucumber, sweet corn, carrot, gilki, methi, garlic, radish, split red gram, fenugreek leaves, bottle ground and lady's finger. Actual crops differ from year to year in common with most farms.
There are many fruit trees including guava, lemon, mausambhi (sweet lime), oranges, kathal, coconut, awla, imli, papaya, sitafal and chiku. In accordance with Syedna's instructions Dargah e Hakimi initiated bee farming and produced its first batch of honey recently. At present there are 7 hives with 5 more planned.
Grains from the Dargah are distributed to towns as far afield as Mumbai, Indore and of-course to those within the aegis of Burhanpur itself.
There are 5 permanent farm-hands working under 2 supervisors.