I am a dentist by profession,myself and my friend own 5 acres of land in Boisar, Maharashtra.We both are novices in the field of agriculture.
This friend came up with the idea of planting eucalyptus trees and reaping huge benefits.Firstly because we both are settled in thane and would be able to visit the farm only once in two weeks and secondly because eucalyptus requires less maintenance compared to other plants.
He came across some website, i surely don`t want to name it,but the economic returns in it are a little hard to digest.Is it real?.
I would like to show you the calculations projected first and then put forward the questions…
1. 250 to 300 kgs per tree.
2. Per acre 1500-1800 trees approximately.
3. So the total yield per acre is 1800 X 300= 540000 kgs i.e 540 metric tons per acre .( at the end of 4th year)
4. The present market rate is Rs 6000 to 8000 …so roughly the yield is of 6000*540=32,40,000
The Questions Or Doubts:
1.Do these calculations make sense according to the current market trend.
2.If yes, what all should be taken into consideration while planting the saplings…what all will come up in the start up cost.
3.Once we plant these,DO paper mills contact us or do we have to do some kind of marketing for it to paper mills?
4. What are the current market rates per ton or per tree.
5.Other options in agro forestry?
All this has ignited a fire in me of doing something in the field, so even if this doesnt work out,I would like to know some other options for a first time farmer like me.I am open to suggestions.Please help.
Thank You ALL in advance…