When we talk about farming, agriculture 1st thing is pessimistic thought a failture in future. If agriculture is a failture and non income business why our food index is not reduce and always end consumer pay such high cost for foods. That means agriculture producers are not getting eligible value for product. If you just refer dialy maket index published by Tamilandu Agri university it is an eye opener. Every KG from whole sale to retail costlier by min 15rs/kg and we need to back calculate how much difference in wholesaler to producer.
I surprised to understand these numbers
1kg Paddy sell at aprx Rs 17 kg, when it become rice it would Rs 35/kg, convert to rice powder Rs 55 , make to appam or dosa mix Rs. 70/Kg
Fresh cocount Rs 5/pc, cocount oil loose, Rs 55/kg and in retail Rs. 110 for local, where in Parachute company sell at Rs 225/kg
Local swadeshi soap at TFM 84% sells 75gm bar at Rs 15-17 where Pearce soap of TFM 75-80 sells at Rs 75
Milk Rs 30 sell at retail Rs 40-45
Cow dung 1 tin Rs. 20 and when it labeled to Organic manure cost more than 40
So farmer if he is on large scale better to convert to finish products with maximum value addition and if farmer is on small scale make things worked by together fellow like minded farmers. There are several farming societies formed for these purpose unfortunately most of them not worked for value addition and rather intrested in raw material sales only.
Also farmers also need to rework our consumption pattern. We need to I QUIT mantra for several MNC products and adopt our own produced valued added products, examples are several most of the provisions to the house hold can be locally procured or from own farm and convert fror self consumption. thus helping our own faming community. SWADESHI and SELF SUSTAINABILITY can work out miracles for our revenue generation in our farming aheads.
It would be better if we could get connect 'FARM NEST forum with experts, scientists, and agriculture universities who can help educated farming enthusiastic to get in to a successful farming activities.
best wishes for farming. let us summaries more ideas in better farming, pricing, marketing, value addition…etc
Location wise FARM NEST clubs may be formed as knowledge sharing as well as resource forms.