Dear Farmer Friends,
Horticulture and agriculture are same like any other industry. Risks will be there in any one, more or less.
I advise farmers to go to other farmers fields, study their systems, good and bads, come to conclusion wisely and try to do the best. Even we want to do new invention or new thought implimentation, we should do it in a small scale. Need not be in agri/horti, but in any industry.
No doubt we should not spend money unnecessarily, heavily in general, but we have to spend more money to do certain crops like, Gerbera, Anthurium, Orchids etc. Construction of green house, Providing foggers,automation etc ,will cost us more, naturally.
Some who wants to be traditional farmers, they can do sustainable agriculture. But some who wants make money ,have to do risk ( provided they have the capacity, zeal and hard working nature ) , may not only get benefits and also show the results to the fellow farmers and farming community.
Recently, one and half year back, near pune, one farmer took around 95 tonnes of Ginger in a one acre green house. It is published in several papers and i went and saw it also and i think so many friends of us might have heard or saw.
Now a days we are seing so many pomegranate farms are uprooted in Karnataka, Ap, Maharashtra due to xanthomonas, BBD , and we know that so many farmers are growing exportable quality Pomegranate in the same lands from past decade or more. Disease is existing and we have to take necessary steps to go out of clutches of the disease,
It is not a thumb rule that all Horticulture crops give good yield only after 5 years. it is a old saying I think. Now so many techniques have come and farmers getting good considerable yields in the 1st and 2nd years. In our childwood days, during 1960’s, mango plants are 27 per acre, sapota and Jack fruits were not even 18 nos per acre, 54 plants of Guava per acre, where as now 1,333 nos mango plants per acre (by jain in Udumulpet,TN , 2,000 plants of guava per acre ( in jalagaon area,Maharashtra etc )
So many high density,ultra high density plantations have come in Maharashtra,Karnataka, AP, Tamilnadu,Gujarath etc in Mango, Guava, Sapota, Pomegranate grape etc. Not only me, so many of our farmer friends also might have inspected those gardens. Most of them are doing good.
Still, as a old farmer ,I advise our farmer friends to do according to their Risk bearing capacities, interest, and they have to put their required efforts.
With good wishes to all of us, g.p.rao, farmer