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That’s where we come full circle!

What better way to increase awareness about farming and agriculture than to teach people grow food in their own home?

Gardening is all where it began….

Besides the hobby part of it, what gardening does is, it brings people closer to nature. The more they observe plants, the more they understand.

When people start growing food at home, may it be herbs or veges, they become aware of what a farmer is putting in. What goes into farming and how little are the farmers paid for their blood and sweat.

Its one thing for me to go out there and say “you should pay more for food produce” and its altogether different when people realize for themselves, how underpaid farmers are!

With these ideologies in place, we are here to make our contribution in field of agriculture and on agricultural fields!! 😉 😉

Happy Gardening, Happy Farming!

Marketability

The last of the problems we decided to tackle, was the marketability.

Its one of the most serious problems farmers are facing these days. its not just about reaching out to the buyers but also about fetching the right price.

There are many agro ventures coming up in this area, who facilitate better transactions between farmers and customers/retailers. Thereby avoiding middlemen and costs.

With better logistics comes reduction in wastage, thereby further reducing the cost and increasing the sales.

These initiatives are great. But we need more. Much more. We need to create awareness about food prices. There has to be a conscious effort on our part to increase the cost of food items.

That brings us to our awareness drives…. how do we make people aware about food production and the effort that goes onto it?

Sustainable Farming – 3

Now lets come down to the financial part.

To make agriculture project financially sound, we need two things –

  1. Reduction in the cost of Input
  2. More income from sales
  3. Mitigation of losses

Lets discuss reduction in the cost of input –

The major input costs in farm are – seeds, manure & labour. We decided to bring down the cost one by one. As discussed in this post, our cost of manure is almost zero. We will try and use seeds from our own farm starting from year 2. We already discussed bringing down cost of labour in this post.

What does that leave us with?

Input cost for dairy – mainly cattle-feed. We decided to grow fodder crops for the cattle.

So all we had to do was strategize.

Sustainable Farming – 2

So now that we had decided to have cows, we were looking to optimize the yield, and we came across the concept on Biogas plant.

What is a biogas?

Biogas refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. Biogas is a renewable energy source.

In our case – we have decided to use cattle waste and agricultural waste.

What is Biogas plant?

A biogas plant is the name often given to an anaerobic digester that treats farm wastes or energy crops. It can be produced using anaerobic digesters (air-tight tanks with different configurations). During the process, the micro-organisms transform biomass waste into biogas (mainly methane and carbon dioxide) and digestate.

Why is it useful?

Biogas can be used for electricity production, for cooking, heating, etc

In addition to this, the slurry that is generated, is a very fine manure and can be directly (or after processing) applied to farms.

Sustainable Farming – 1

Till now, it was about increasing the productivity and efficiency. But the main question was – how do i make it sustainable?

Sustainable – ecologically

Sustainable – financially

So let us discuss ecological sustainability in this post. The first one begins with soil. In order to farming being sustainable we need to opt for organic farming.

However buying organic compost/manure, preparing vermi-compost, was not a very viable option for the kind of scale we were planning. So how do we do it?

There was only one answer – Cows. A single cow on an average gives 10kg of dung everyday. That is 300-350 kg per month.

Cow-dung is an excellent manure and cow-urine an very potent insecticide. All in all we decided that we will have cows at the farm.

Labour

Labour is the most expensive and scarce resource.

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.

Land

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.”

This brings us to our next problem – The Labour!