Farm Fencing Guide

Fencing Methods

Natural Fencing

Takes time, less expensive, needs a proper choice of plants to be really effective against a variety of intruders, may provide some economic benefits based on the plants selected.

Suitable plants

  • Karonda (Carissa carandas)
  • Pathimugam (Caesalpinia sappan) - hardy, thorny plant that does well in hot humid climates. Is used as a coloring agent and has medicinal value too
  • Gachakaya/Sagarguti/Sagargota (Caesalpinia crista) - the seeds of this plant is used as an vermifuge. This very thorny plant is good as a fencing where it will deter any intruder. Once entangled in the thorns one has no other choice but to back up. For every two feet put one plant. Pinch it at 2 feet height, once it attains 3 ft growth. Then it spreads and flushes with good vegetation.
  • Bamboo - plant every 10 feet and irrigate it regularly. You can find thorny bamboos for this purpose. Bamboo responds very well with irrigation
  • Henna/Gorintaku - thorny, leaves have economic value
  • Jatropha
  • Shikakai - Seeds are bought back at Rs. 25/-kg. Member reports that the plant oozes sticky juice/enzyme which drips onto the ground, totally blackening and ruining the soil around and below the plant, rendering the area useless for future use. Also the shikakai plant has a prolific growth and spreads very fast into a thick wild bush/shrub.
  • Giripushpa (Glyricidia sepium) stumps/seeds. This is a very good green manure and very efficient nitrogen fixer. Also generates good firewood. Can be chopped every year to a bare minimum. Leaves buried in soil for N fixing. Also serves as moderate wind breaker. Should be planted 2 ft apart. Seeds are easily available, stumps are available at Rs. 3-4 for 2 feet.
  • Teak combined with pepper vines makes economic sense. It is thought that teak is an unsuitable companion crop for mango, and harms the mango plants beyond repair. The leaves ruin the soil, affecting the growth of the tree and also ruin the crop yield.

Indicative Cost

Rs. 3 - 4 per running foot (source: http://farmnest.com/forum/farm-equipment/the-farm-fence-topic/msg1015/#msg1015))

Fencing with wire, chain link (steel mesh), PVC etc.

Barbed wire fencing

Indicative Cost

Rs. 50 - 80 per running foot (source: http://farmnest.com/forum/farm-equipment/the-farm-fence-topic/msg1015/#msg1015))

Chain link fencing

Indicative Cost

As of May 2017 in Hyderabad calculated per 1000 feet length

Cement poles/Kadis erected at 8 ft with support on every 10th and each corner 150
Kadi cost 7 ft height each Rs. 210 31,500


Kadi laying labour 15 labour @ Rs. 300 4,500


Perimeter Length feet 1,000
Number of bundles of 50ft/36kg/5ft 3x3 inch gap 3mm thickness 20
Cost of 1 bundle chainlink @Rs. 80/kg tax inclusive (Rs. 55/65/78 per kg pre-tax based on grade) 2,880
Cost of 20 bundles chainlink 57,600


Cost of two lines barbed wire 2000ft @2200/bundle of 1000 ft 4,400


Chainlink Labour @Rs. 1.50 per sq. ft 7,500


Total cost for 1000 feet 1,05,500
Average per foot cost Rs. 106

Older information
The techie2aggie site indicates Rs. 68 per running foot (broken as pole @ Rs 160 placed at 10 ft. ~ Rs 17/ft (11 stones * Rs 160 / 100 ft), 100 ft long mesh roll (10 gauge) Avg wt 60 Kg @ Rs 65/Kg ~ Rs 39/ft; stray wires and support wires ~ Rs 5/ft; labor - Rs 70 for a span of two stones ~ Rs 7/ft; Total - Rs 68/ft)
There is another estimate suggesting Rs. 250 - 300 per running foot (source:http://farmnest.com/forum/farm-equipment/the-farm-fence-topic/msg1015/#msg1015)), but this seems to be an estimate on the higher side.

Solar Fencing

Indicative Cost

Rs. 100 - 120 per running foot (source: http://farmnest.com/forum/farm-equipment/the-farm-fence-topic/msg1015/#msg1015))

Experiences

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