[Pardon the slightly lengthy introduction]
I have been following this forum very closely for a while now, love the diverse topics, participation and knowledge sharing. It is great to see lot of educated professionals from diverse backgrounds taking such keen interest in agriculture. I have been in the IT profession for several years and currently located outside the country. Coming from a family background with lot of agricultural ties and having spent many summers, winters of my childhood in the farms, I have deep passion and interest in Indian farming.
Living in the western hemisphere and experiencing the cold climates, I can say that India is blessed with bountiful sunshine and several other factors facilitating wonderful agriculture.
My family currently runs a small farm (around 10 acres) with oil palm, coconuts, sapota etc in it. I am interested in scaling farming to much larger extent on a commercial scale with the help of relatives and friends. In this endeavour I would like to add lot more greenery, create rural employment and contribute my bit to nation development (got to dream big right). I wish to return to motherland soon and start in the near future. We have over 1000 trees (various stages of growth) in the farm and it is a very nice feeling to see the greenery.
(Listing just a couple of folks here to keep it short, but thank you everyone)
Chandra - Thank for creating this wonderful forum, appreciate it.
Swamy - love the eco tourism pics and the knowledge sharing
saverafarms, sheonarayan - thanks for creating detailed blogs and sharing
Last but not the least
COWHERD - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Can’t say it enough, for introducing me to Natural farming and explaining so many things in detail. Thanks to you I learn’t about Subhash Palekar’s natural farming and read his books. I have gifted his books to several people and keep spreading the word to others. It is funny when my father says I cannot figure out if you are in US or India learning and sharing these things
[NOTE: I do realise that cowherd does not participate in the forum but if you did come back one day (which I hope you do), please know that I sincerely appreciate the knowledge sharing (chandra - is there some way you can contact him and get him back in?) ]
Hopefully I can contribute a few things to the forum. Keep the discussions going on.