Question Beginner in farming

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nandhaa80

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Hi..
I would like to start a small size farming which is to be maintained less like herbal and forest type farming. Because I'm working in a corporate company at Chennai and don't want to quit the job. It is for making money and as well as saving nature, environment and also to contribute something to the earth/society. Suggestions are welcome.
 

garao56

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Dear sir,

Farm Forestry and medicinal herbs can be taken up without quitting the job. Please inform the extent of land you are owing and location.

For example Managium ( Australian Teak - come to maturity 15 Years) with Asparagus (medicinal roots and Filler plant for flower decoration ) can be taken taken up. There are other important medicinal herbs such as Safed Masli and Stevia etc provided your farm must be organic certified.

For making organically certified land you are required to keep one labour family on the farm with 2 to 4 cows ( Gir cows fetch more inocme as the milk is highly demanded and calfs, bulls and cows are much sought by farmers every where) to maintain a biogas plant and also vermi compost unit thus gradually you can make your farm organic within 3 years. Then your products are eligible for export to other countries as Eluropean citigens are products raised with In-organic fertilizers and chemical pesticides.

Please consult us for further guidance

G. Anandarao B.Sc(Ag)
 
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amrafarms

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Hi..
I would like to start a small size farming which is to be maintained less like herbal and forest type farming. Because I'm working in a corporate company at Chennai and don't want to quit the job. It is for making money and as well as saving nature, environment and also to contribute something to the earth/society. Suggestions are welcome.
its important that you understand this method of farming is slow, Cost effective but not labour intensive. Multi Layered farming can be adopted to earn better with minimal maintenance. Labour is required at the farm, and most likely full time. Depending on the acreage of your farm. the labour required will vary. Your First job would be to get your soil testing done. You will have a clear idea of what will grow in your land. There are a few crops which you can straight away discard, like coconut, which is water intensive and also not suitable for chennai area. But you have a range of options from Mango, Guava, Pomegranate, chikoo and a lot more which can be planted. Papaya is also a wonderful crop and very profitable
Start by planting tree varieties first. Well spaced trees will take 3-4 years before they make any profit. the space in between can be used for a range of mid sized crops. Papaya, Pomegranate and bananas are good options to consider. And then you can pick vegetables in the remaining area followed by root crops like elephant yam. By the end of the first year, you would be able to collect on the yam. Cash crops like vegetables will provide running cost in a few months. Bananas and Papays will give you revenue after a year and by the 3rd year you will a have enough revenue from the orchards.

A cow is mandatory but dont look at it as a means of income. Think of it as a factory which produces manure for your farm. If you can maintain chickens and goats, it would do a good job in controlling weed but you will have to be careful that the plants are not chewed by the goat.

The options are unlimited. Work will never end. Farming may seem like a part time job... but trust me... it never is
 

uasengupt

New Member
Dear sir,

Farm Forestry and medicinal herbs can be taken up without quitting the job. Please inform the extent of land you are owing and location.

For example Managium ( Australian Teak - come to maturity 15 Years) with Asparagus (medicinal roots and Filler plant for flower decoration ) can be taken taken up. There are other important medicinal herbs such as Safed Masli and Stevia etc provided your farm must be organic certified.

For making organically certified land you are required to keep one labour family on the farm with 2 to 4 cows ( Gir cows fetch more inocme as the milk is highly demanded and calfs, bulls and cows are much sought by farmers every where) to maintain a biogas plant and also vermi compost unit thus gradually you can make your farm organic within 3 years. Then your products are eligible for export to other countries as Eluropean citigens are products raised with In-organic fertilizers and chemical pesticides.

Please consult us for further guidance

G. Anandarao B.Sc(Ag)
Please share your contact details
 
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nandhaa80

New Member
its important that you understand this method of farming is slow, Cost effective but not labour intensive. Multi Layered farming can be adopted to earn better with minimal maintenance. Labour is required at the farm, and most likely full time. Depending on the acreage of your farm. the labour required will vary. Your First job would be to get your soil testing done. You will have a clear idea of what will grow in your land. There are a few crops which you can straight away discard, like coconut, which is water intensive and also not suitable for chennai area. But you have a range of options from Mango, Guava, Pomegranate, chikoo and a lot more which can be planted. Papaya is also a wonderful crop and very profitable
Start by planting tree varieties first. Well spaced trees will take 3-4 years before they make any profit. the space in between can be used for a range of mid sized crops. Papaya, Pomegranate and bananas are good options to consider. And then you can pick vegetables in the remaining area followed by root crops like elephant yam. By the end of the first year, you would be able to collect on the yam. Cash crops like vegetables will provide running cost in a few months. Bananas and Papays will give you revenue after a year and by the 3rd year you will a have enough revenue from the orchards.

A cow is mandatory but dont look at it as a means of income. Think of it as a factory which produces manure for your farm. If you can maintain chickens and goats, it would do a good job in controlling weed but you will have to be careful that the plants are not chewed by the goat.

The options are unlimited. Work will never end. Farming may seem like a part time job... but trust me... it never is
Dear Sir,

Very nice. Thank you very much for detailed information.

With regards,
Nandhakumar
 

garao56

Well-Known Member
Dear Sri Nandhakumar,

Please go for hybrid coconut , DJ Farm variety , which will start yielding from 2.5 years and continue up to 50 years . The minimum income on one acre orchard will be around Rs.1.50 lakh per annum. As our friend suggested you can take multilayered crops like cocoa, citrus , arecanut and banana etc. if sufficient irrgation water is available on the farm.
If coconut is taken up on more 5.00 acres (say 5.50 acres) National Horticulture Board will give 40% subsidy on the investment made for establishment of the unit.

Please contact us for project reports.

G. Anandarao B.Sc(Ag)
 
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