Hi All !
I am glad to inform that I got about 10 bags of paddy ( native varieties of Seeraga samba and Ghandhaka saali ) apart from another wastage of about 3 to 4 bags eaten by birds in two thirds of an acre .
Harvest by manual labour proved to be costly and I had to shell out Rs. 7500/= while it could have been Rs. 1000/= had I employed a combine harvester.
I used a drum seeder and paid Rs.500/= for labour to seed which could have gone up to around Rs.5000/= had I followed the traditional transplanting method.
No other inputs were given except water. De-weeding was done manually once and I spent Rs.2500/= for that. Tilling expenses came around Rs.4000/=.
Assuming a modest milling rate of 50 % , I hope I’d get about 300kgs. of premium rice which could fetch around Rs.21000/= and the sale of straw could get Rs. 3000/=.
Still I expect a profit of Rs. 9000/= which could have gone up had I minimised on labour.
Next time I intend to use a paddy cutter to harvest as well as de-weed the field and I hope to minimise the cost by another Rs. 7000/= .
Apart from the monetary aspect , the joy and soul satisfaction of producing my own food with no poison is immeasurable.