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!