It took some days to get the process going due to the shortage of JCBs, labour due to high temperatures. Finally, we could get the JCB for digging the pits.
The field was marked with a distance of 12 feet between the rows and 6 ft between the trees. The markings looked very close since its only 6 ft distance between the plants. The JCB worked for about 50 hrs to dig 1500 pits in 3.00 acre area. The pits were dug 2.5-3ft depth and 1.5 ft width. The top soil was put on the left side and the inner soil was put on the right side, so as to enable to put the inner soil back after 15 days. The top soil will be mixed with Farm Yard manure ( 2kg each pit), 200 gm neem cake, Super phosphate, NPK etc and closed after 10 days. Rs.37,000/- was incurred for digging the pits.
The fencing work will start on 6th June 2017. We have hired a contractor who works on Govt. project and the workers will come from Hyderabad to our village and the entire work will be done there. Putting up chain/link fencing to avoid any chances of deers/Forest pigs or other animals to enter the field and destroy the plantation. The entire field will be covered with about 160 poles, each at a distance of 8 ft. The poles will be of 7.5 ft, with 1.5ft in to the ground and 6ft above the ground. The poles will be constructed with cement, concrete,iron rods.
Right now, letting the pits to soak in the Sun and rain so that any germs will also be killed and the soil will be exposed to the climate. The inner soil will be put back into the pit on 10th & 11th June and the top soil will be mixed with the above mentioned material and put back in the pits on 19th June.
The plants will be delivered by Jain Irrigation system on 23rd/24th June and the plantation will be done from 25th – 27th June.
Will post more pics on 12th June.. Thanks