Rookie Needs Help... Needs Guidance on Getting Started

Hello All;

I am a rookie… a total blank slate. Kind request to be patient with my questions, they may sound

stupid to many… but I have come here for some real help. Please bear with me.

I am from Mumbai and work in Pune. My family had bought a land in 150km radius from where we stay. My

family did some basic farming initially after we had bought the land. A lot of expense was borne in

getting the farm barb wired. Initially my dad had done lot of cultivation of Lady fingures, Brinjals,

Cucumbers, Tur Dal and rice… due to lot of intrusion of cattle/humans, the fencing has almost worn

off completely keep open access to most cattles around.

Adding factors like degrading health of my parents, reducing funds and other unforeseen circumstances

the land was not actively used and was given to some villagers for their cultivation against a very

nominal fee for using the land.

I have put my foot down to make the most of the land and ensure its viability.

Apart from lack of funds, here are set of hurdles I see;

  1. Fencing!-> No matter what I plan, immediate next question is fencing and securing the cultivation!

Farm/Land has river/streams from 2 sides which goes dry after Jan/Feb

  1. Work & Farm mixture -> I have just started working couple of years back and cant give up my job

since it would stall the incomming funds completely

  1. Eye on the farm -> Currently we have kept a local villager on the land who HYPOTHETICALLY keeps an

eye on the land… Inevitably this ends up in he using the land for his own benefits(which we wont mind

if we are also benefitted in some way)
Solution: I think it would be better to keep a couple on monthly wages to look after the farm and do

the daily activities there. This would consume a part of income that I earn of my job.

  1. Cultivation ->
          - There are around 50 mango trees, which started yeilding mangoes last year.
          - Last Monsoon we also planted a lot of drumsticks, around 30-40 have held ground.
         
    I understand this is not enough… having a presence and maintaining things is necessary at the same time.
    We were planning to cultivate more drumsticks and crops like Ginger.

Needed some guidance on next steps. I hope all you experts here can helpme get on track. Area of land is approx 20 acres including almost 50% rice field and 50% rough land.

Thanks for being patient.

Regards & Best Wishes.

Hi?
3d problem created first two problems which you already noticed and you cannot eliminate him also because labour shortage.
In order to address your problem, you can come up with all of the facts and circumstances of your lands.
Disclose the following details.
Source of water?
Exact location?
Labour is from same locality?
Are you feel you are paying him less salary?
How much time you can spend in your farm in a week?
Can you give your land to any enthusiast or person who can do farming for certain period?
How much you can invest on your land to develop on your own?
How much you can invest on your land to develop on your own if some one wanted to do agriculture for time being?
Handing over the land on lease for development with a condition that your desired crops must plant along with other optional crops by the lessee, so both of your purposes will be suffice. may not earning money but development .

Thanks a lot for your reply…

Please find the comments below.

Source of water?
Bore… provides water all 12 months.
There is a well too, but bore itself suffices all requirement.

Exact location?
Near Murbad, Maharashtra

Labour is from same locality?
Yes

Are you feel you are paying him less salary?
No…

How much time you can spend in your farm in a week?
2 days myself, family can visit for more 2 days… Making it composite 3-4 days in a week.

Can you give your land to any enthusiast or person who can do farming for certain period?
Yes… I would be expecting some returns as well.

How much you can invest on your land to develop on your own?
Depends on the risk appetite of what I would grow.

How much you can invest on your land to develop on your own if some one wanted to do agriculture for time being?
Profit sharing basis

Handing over the land on lease for development with a condition that your desired crops must plant along with other optional crops by the lessee, so both of your purposes will be suffice. may not earning money but development .
True. I would expect some returns as well

Regards…

Hi New entrants?
Can you take challenge to enter in to farming with Rookie with above proposals?
You need experience and rookie need developments, any can join?