When I say labour has become expensive, it is from an agricultural point of view. From an individual perspective, I am very happy that finally people are getting paid well for the strenuous physical labour. So for further discussion, labour (being defined as expensive) is discussed as an input cost for agricultural production.
So how do we go about solving this problem? There is just one answer – mechanization. technology has over the years made our life simpler, easier, efficient and productive. There are number of farm machinery and equipment. Its just not the ease of doing strenuous physical job, but also being able to ascertain the quantum of work that would be carried out in a day.
I had my second concept in place – application of maximum farm mechanization.
So here I was, studying everyday bit by bit about agriculture, trying to understand and assimilate all the knowledge.
Now I had to develop an idea, as to how would I contribute to this sector.
There were four problem areas I had identified, I wanted to make sure that my model would address these issues.
The first of the many was land size. We all know that the average size of farmland in India has come down to 1.08 hectares (2.66 Acres). This has a tremendous impact on the productivity. (I know some of you would like to contest that. We will surely bring that up in another post!)
So the first of the many ideas in designing the farm model was the size. The bigger the better. Bigger farms facilitate better application of mechanization, improved efficiency and productivity.
It is not that small farms are inefficient, you need to adopt a different approach when it comes to small farms. (more about this in another post!)
So here’s the first thing we decided when we were building blocks for our agri model, we will have extensive piece of land to cultivate on.
Tim Griffin, director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, explains the dynamic simply: economy of scale. “As the farms get larger, it’s easier to invest in labor-saving machinery, technology and specialized management, and production cost per unit goes down.”
Here’s one thing I have learnt over past few years. Whenever you study something, especially the current system, its very hard to approach it without bias.
We, as humans, always want to blame something or somebody, especially, whenever we come across a “not so happy current scenario”.
I fought this bias for a long time. I had to teach myself to look at every scenario as is, without blaming anything or anybody.
For example: Many people blame the government for bringing in green revolution which over a period of time deteriorated the soil fertility to a point making it barren/un-cultivable. I don’t agree. The government did what it had to do to feed the population, especially after the famine of 1966.
There is no doubt that Green Revolution brought in environmental damage along with regional disparities and economic downfall for farmers. But it is also important to note that it brought self-sufficiency and self-reliability.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Study thoroughly to come up with your own conclusions about anything. There are many sources (both online and offline) that propagate bias and blame. Take the neutral approach.
This was my learning point. We can’t undo whats done. Neither should we try to. As Socrates said, “THE SECRET OF CHANGE IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD, BUT ON BUILDING THE NEW.”
So before I start diving into what Krushi is all about and what we are doing… I want to share what necessitated the birth of Krushi.
I have been staying in a semi-rural area for almost 4 years now. I have farms all around me. I kept observing them to a point where I now strongly believe, we need to do something about farming in India.
It really pains me to see such small land holdings, poor productivity, inadequate knowledge about agriculture, rampant migration to cities, etc.
It was back in August 2017 when I was just discussing this with my Guruji, and he said, “if you’re so keenly interested in agriculture, why don’t you take up agriculture?”
I was moved by his words. Since then, I have been working on this idea, as to how can we make a difference in agriculture.
Exploring different agricultural models, became my full-time job.
When I started studying about agriculture in India, altogether different observations came up. They were not only surprising but even shocking.
What I found was ….. Wait…. I am not going to reveal it all in one post… 😛 😛
Hi friends, I did guide you about when and where to buy your plants in the previous post. To read, you can click here.
This post is about things you need to know while buying plants:
Take time out to buy plants: I have seen many people who go to the nursery just like they did visit some shop, tell the manager/staff what plant they want, pay for it and get going. Don’t do that. Every single time to visit the nursery explore the plants there. Notice what kind of plants they have and what not. How have they aligned the plants. There are some which are kept out while others inside the poly-house. Just by observing this, you’ll come to know which are shade plants, which require full sunlight and which require partial.
Talk to the manager/staff: The Nursery staff/manager are highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to plants. Talk to them. Tell them your requirements. Tell them you’re looking for “indoor plants” or “flowering plants” or “medicinal plants” and acknowledge what they suggest. Ask them how to maintain these plants – how to prune and fertilize- see what they suggest.
Be Flexible: I know you must have planned your garden before visiting the nursery. But be flexible. You’re not always going to find all the plants you require. So keep an optional list ready. Also incorporate the manager/staff’s suggestion on what you should buy. They generally guide very well.
Enjoy the process: Let it be a play and not a work! Do it because you enjoy doing it. Let it not be one of those things on your to-do list. 😉
When you see a plant/tree shedding its leaves in autumn, you can’t help but wonder why didn’t I do this? Why did I not let go of the things that are old, dry and no more of any use? We clutter ourselves with so many material and emotional baggage. We need to let go. We need to understand that after every autumn comes a spring! Every single time we let go of things that are no longer needed, we make room for new and beautiful ones to come into our life. Applies to single facet of our life!
Minimalism is defined in many ways by many people. All I want to say here is let go off the useless stuff. I have been trying to get rid off the stuff I no longer need and with every single thing I pick up, I realize I have attached so many emotions to it. All I wonder is why? Do you as well?
I never spoke about my adventures beyond Gardening. Gardening, especially when your garden is settled, takes very less time. But the influence it has on your lifestyle is tremendous. First and foremost, it humbles you. I don’t know how… but it does. I have never in my life met an arrogant Gardener. I guess that is because it opens up a completely new dimension of thinking.
Secondly, we being humans, we can never really separate ourselves from our surroundings. And if I may dare say, we are obsessed with people around us, irrespective of whether they are good, bad or worst. Hence we never really get over the phenomenon of comparing/judging ourselves with our peers.. colleagues, neighbors, friends, relatives, even acquaintances. This is a subconscious habit as we are social animals. But something magical happens when we start being with plants/pets or nature. Suddenly we are comparing ourselves with them. This time, for good.
When we start comparing in terms of ‘what we take and what we give and how we live’, we realize how petty we human beings have been. This very feeling, I believe, gives birth to lifestyle changes and is one of the main reasons as to why nature humbles us.
Seems celebrations are going to continue for a while! 😀 🙂
My Blog, Reema’s Garden, has completed 2 Years!
What may seem to be very little time… appears like an eternity in blogging. A very big thank you to all my Readers!!
Above all….. My Blogger Family…. Ben… Radhika… Diana… Kitty… Mei… Kurian… Sue….Sifar… Kiran… Megala…Tanvir.. Ruchi… It would not have been possible without you all! When the real world was difficult, I lived & survived in the virtual one…. Thanks to you guys! You gave me a virtual home!