Dear Natureworkz, AK1311 and Chandra
Thank you for the valuable inputs. Currently the land is being used in conventional cultivation methods. We had cultivated grams and beans since the last couple of years. Though I can say we have not used extensive fertilizers or pesticides, still I wish to start farming in the best organic methods possible.
For the time being, I’m not interested in RoI. I first want to learn the basics in farm practices only through experience and hiccups on the road. Since I wish to invest some amount in the farm equipments with some share of my savings, I wanted to know investing in what would be advisable. Should I be concentrating on the sprinkler and drip system equipments or fencing for protecting the farm? Should more share of investment be for acquiring cattle for organic farm practices or in purchasing nursery green covers and green house equipments? If so how can I balance the investment?
The Crop pattern that I’m planning to go ahead is with 1.5 acres of millets (2-3 varieties) and 1.5 acre for vegetables (tomatoes, brinjal, radish and chillies). Though I’m cultivating these in organic methods, I donot want to market them as organic produce as I’m yet to convert the land. There is ample space available for nursery beds and manure preparation. So this is my plan for crop rotation. Please add your suggestions to this idea.
Thanks & Regards
Deepak Prasanna S