Newbies in farming (Lets learn together)


#1

There are many folks who have written about their desire to get into agriculture. It would be good to know how they have progressed so far and how many are 4 years, 3 years, 2 years and 1 year old, in farming. Also, how many have graduated to the next level by increasing their area under cultivation and how many are still struggling.

I am also one of those contemplating the steps required to get into farming. Like everybody else from a non-farming background, I have been following the path of reading ZBNF books, watching Youtube videos, enrolling myself into a few workshops and arming myself with some amount of theoretical knowledge and planning internships before the next phase of trying out experiments on a small piece of land.

Lot of people start solo and it is quite a daunting journey. It may be good to start with a few partners so that the cash burn is minimised and all the learnings are absorbed. At the end of a certain period, each of the partners may be ready to go their separate ways, after having learnt the tricks of the trade without burning too much cash.

I am based out of Bangalore and looking for like-minded people to learn, share and grow together as budding farmers. Looking forward to a positive response.

Regards
Prashant


#2

We started our work 1 year before.My family owned 11 Acer land in raipur cg.Soil was not very fertile.Initially we planted eucalyptus tree with the help of forest department to just use that plot .We faced rain problem and irrigation problem as irrigation was not planned well.Also termite attacked the plants.When tried to solve these problems we get interested in farming.
We thought of drip irrigation which we installed 2 months back.Also thought about organic farming in space left between trees.
We also watched many videos but problem was that we were not able to know where to start ,how to proceed and how to market etc.Then we received a 2 month online free training on wats app by saket organic farming group of farmers.This made us know about many things and in proper order.Now we are starting this week without some vegetables .


#3

Hi Guys,
I think this is a great idea and would help out a lot of us. I’m from Bangalore and a newbie to farming. I’m working on it from last two years with mixed success. In the last two years I have grown papaya and Drumsticks. I have also been growing vegetables and flowers as intercrops. It would be good if we can organize a meet some time and get to know each other.


#4

Online training on whatsapp and that too from a group of farmers. That is very interesting. Would like to know more about that. Will try connecting with you.


#5

Hi Arundeep,

Good to hear from you. So you are a 1 year old farmer.

Catching up through a meet is definitely something that can happen in future. Newbies tend to be the most shy when it comes to posting in a group where you have veterans .

As a newbie, I dont have any land. I found a friend who was also interested in farming. Both of us dont own any land. We could buy a small piece of land or rent a piece of land to start farming. But everybody who is new cannot own or rent land easily.

That is when we thought that if the intention is only to learn before we scale up either on our own or by increasing the land under farming, why dont we figure out ways to come together and go through the entire cycle from growing to selling.

I will try connecting with you.

Regards
Prashant


#7

@lokesh1234
I wanted to add you on facebook if you dont mind…waiting for you 2 reply with your email address so that i can search your profile easily…i am too from raipur cg. I am pursuing Bsc horticulture. I love gardening and extracting seeds…


#8

Anyone who wants to contact can mail me.My Id - lokesh.chandravanshi@gmail.com


#9

Hi lokesh,
Do u have any idea about mushroom farming??


#10

No but u get training from near KVK


#11

Hi I am a 1 year old farmer and we are growing Lemon Grass in 5 acres. Before starting the farm we realised the concerns in marketing and training etc.

After 8 months of curious study into aromatic plants realized to go with lemongrass farming. We are also helping new / large / small farmers increase the income thru farming by creating a JV with them. We offer slips to the farmers to start the project and do a buy back for 5 years as the life of the plant is 5 years. In our calculation farmers can make almost 5 lacs in 5 years per acre.

I think if new farmers can show these numbers they can expand to more and more. If this interests new farmers here please do connect with me for more information.

Sumit Dhawan
sumit@woolly.io
+91-9611199535