[Padmanabhan Ganesan] -
Get cleaned means what? Do you have Seemai Karuvel in your land? What purpose does cleaning means here
Again, does the land need levelleling? and why?
The owner of this property stopped doing agriculture in this property a decade ago and got settled in Chennai and hence there are few big bushes and wild plants all over. So, thinking of cutting it all over and run a rotovator to use the same as manure.
2) Fence the property using barbed wire and also planting some live plants which will also act as a live fence.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Fencing using barbed wire will cost you at least a few thousands and may be under a lakh.
Yes Sir. I have estimated the cost to be a lakh plus extras.
3) Apply for Electricity Connection
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - The biggest disadvantage is if you don’t have electricity at all. Applying for EB and getting it will take a few years. So, proceed with caution, if you have not already purchased the land.
We have a close family friend who works with EB and I guess he can work around a way for us to get it fast. But iam sure our govt servants are quite lazy.
4) Build a small house and appoint a trusted family / couple to stay in the farm.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Have you considered Auroville type of housing which will cost you less? Each month you may need to pay starting from 5000 rs onwards. Have you planned in your budget?
No Sir. This is new to me. I hope it is some kind of community living. We are actually planning to make it as a place to destress during our weekend with my wife and kids. So, thinking of building more as a resort type, where my kid can lay his hands on soil.
5) Bore well, Motor shed and tanks.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - If you don’t have EB, how are you going to pump out water from bore. Does Bore exists or not? Do you plan to use Oil Engine or Windmill?
Will go for Bore only after taking EB connection and after building the house for our caretaker. However, Iam interested with solar energy pumps.
6) Plant trees such as Coconut, Mango and trees which grows easily in that area. Not more than 20 trees each.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Is the farm your personal consumption only or do you plan to sell in the market?
It is only for our consumption and will distribute it to our friends and relatives if we have in excess.
7) Dug a small rain water pond of 60,40,10 (length, width & height) before the monsoon as it is extremely useful to harvest rainwater and also good for percolation.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Good idea. Suggest you to have less width and height.
I actually thought this is a small pond. I have read in some website that the water presence will be round the year. I would also hear your advise.
8) Start fish rearing in the pond. Rohu & Katla to start with.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - All the 6 types of carp fishes can be grown. How are you plan to feed them
Feeding cowdung and other organic wastes.
9) 4-5 ducks which will feed the fishes.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Do you know that ducks cannot be introduced until carp varieties are at least 250 gms or above? Ducks will eat the fingerlings if the fish is small. How are you plan to feed them? Have you considered housing for them?
Ducks will have small / low cost sheds initially with a small pond and will not be let to graze in the main pond until the fishes are grown more than 300 gms. Will procure feeds commercially till we could make some solution for preparing it by our self.
10) Start a country chicken poultry. 20 Country chicks to start with.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - I hope you are planning for Free Range so that you don’t have to feed them. Have you considered housing for them?
Yes Sir, a small shed made under a tree.
11) Goats - Initially 5-10 within a confined area of 3 grounds.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Will you procure feed from outside? or free range?
I think goats cannot be allowed to graze as it will destroy our veggie plants and also it will not be sufficient even if we allow them to graze on the entire 2 acre. Will procure the feed from outside and will also plant trees such as moringa, agathi, kalyana murungai, sababul and CO4 types of grasses.
We also have 2 acre land which has Mango plantation around 30 kms from this property. May be we can utilize the free space there to plant fodder crops.
12) Small area for vegetable for our own consumption.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - If you design your farm well, you don’t have to consider a separate area for vegetables.
Yes. Have decided to plant the veggie near the pond as it will be easy to irrigate even during summer.
I know it is not a cakewalk to make an income using agriculture. My primary goal now is to start the ball to roll and once everything works out normal, I will purchase additional lands adjacent to the farm.
[Padmanabhan Ganesan] - Expect people to hike the rates when you go back and buy more land.
Yes. Obvious. But i will send my friends or brother to buy it from them. . Just joking. We need to be prepared for such situations.