Once it was decided that, I will venture into agriculture I had to look into various options which suited best for me and for the farm. I had to finalize whether I had to go for vegetable farming, flower farming in green house, fruit plantations, cash crops etc.
For vegetable farming it is necessary that the care is taken every day and it was not possible for me as I lived 120 kms from my village and also there were no reliable persons in my village to whom I could entrust the duty. So this option was deleted.
Flower farming in Green/Poly house is a very good profit making business but it requires huge investment about 15 lakhs per acre (apart from Govt. subsidy of 35 lakhs per acre) and also requires everyday care. So this was also not considered.
After researching on various options, I had zeroed on Ultra High Density Mango Plantation in 2 acres and Guava plantation in 1 acre land since they do not require everyday care and also the investment is less when compared to Green House.
The next steps were to get bore well digged in the land, soil testing, getting drip irrigation facility, Marking and digging pits, fencing the land etc. The following is the tentative plan.
|Bore Points Location||Geologist||7th April||15000|
|Bore Drilling||Borewell com||7th/8th April||30000|
|Fencing||Purchase at M’nagar||8th April||25000|
|Drip Irrigation Assessment||Bangaru Irrigations||7th April|
|Drip Irrigation DD Payment||7th April||10000|
|Soil Testing – Collection||IoTA Labs||8th April|
|Marking Pits||8th April|
|Digging Pits||9th April|
So the next week is full of agriculture work for 1st time in my life.
Will keep posted the developments with the pictures next week.