Half an Acre, Annual Profit ₹ 3,00,000... Strong Returns from Multiple Crop Cultivation!
There are many farmers who have been involved in multiple crop cultivation and getting good returns. One among them is Vetriselvam from Vilupuram district.
‘Cultivation can be successful only multiple crops are cultivation, with a limited agriculture land space, so that the soil fertility is not compromised.’ This is what the proponents of natural agriculture methods, like Nammalvar and Subhash Palekar used to recommend during their training programmes.
There are many farmers who have been involved in multiple crop cultivation and getting good returns. One among them is Vetriselvam from Vilupuram district. His farm is situated in Kondalankuppam village, next to Mylam. We met him when he was busily working in the banana grove at his farm.
“My father was involved in agriculture. So, I learnt most of the agricultural activities from my childhood days. But he was not able to do agriculture with profit. Therefore, he ensured that I was not into agriculture anymore. After completing my MBA, I went to Thailand for my job. I served as a ‘Farm Manager’ in one of the places over there. It was fully a chemical agriculture. I returned to India, not able to continue there. I decided to venture natural farming in the 2 ½ acre land available traditionally with us.
Then I took up classes under the aegis of Nammalvar Ayya. In 2015, I took part in the training conducted by Subhash Palekar. I was much impressed with the idea of his natural farming methods. Immediately I allotted 50 cents of land to try the methods recommended by him. I have received considerable returns during these three years”. He continued his sharing while taking us around his farm.
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“In two acres of land I had cultivated sugarcane. But it didn’t fetch much as there was water scarcity. In the remaining 50 cents of land I have planted 20 varieties of crops. I have planted teak and palm trees in the periphery of my farm. There are Banganapalli mangoes 30, Poovan and Rasthali varieties 300, Redlady papayas 150, Drumstick trees 150, Amla trees 6, Sapota trees 6, Curry leaf plants 150 and Custard apple trees 200. Besides, I have also planted many other plants like pineapple, green chilies, turmeric, yam, betal leaf, sweet potato, castor and pepper. I have planned planting in the fifty cents so that I would be getting income daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
Both the Chief Ministers of Puduchery, Mr Narayanaswamy and erstwhile CM Mr Rangasamy, have visited this farm. So far, eighteen foreign research students and farmers have visited the farm.
As I follow the natural methods of farming recommended by Subhash Palekar I use only Jeevamirtham. I have two country cows and two oxen. I prepare Jeevamirtham by using locally available cow dung and papaya. And I follow mulching technique completely in the farm. There is less expense of water as I use ‘Rain Hose’ irrigation”.
Then he shared the details of his income from the farm. “In the fifty cents of land, only the tree crops sand permanently. Other plants are being rotated based on the need. Last year, I sold 300 bunch of bananas for Rs 90,000. I got Rs 1,20,000 from selling 1 ½ tons of turmeric and from 2000 kg of papaya, I could get Rs 60,000.
I got Rs 50,000 from selling other crop varieties. In total, I was able to earn Rs 3,20,000 as income. Weeding out is the only expenditure in the farm. Deducting that amount of Rs 20,000, I was able to earn Rs 3,00,000 as net profit from the farm. In a few years, tree crops like mango, amla and custard apple will come to maturity, increasing in yield. Thereafter, farm income will be increasing considerably”. Thus he concluded.
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Divide the farm into 3 cents for planting of crops
“Divide the farm into 3 cents each (36 feet length and 36 feet breadth), towards making a multiple crop cultivation. Plan what crop to plant lengthwise and breadthwise in the farm. A planner is given below for your reference. One can choose to plant crops accordingly.
Crop Spacing Picture (Pic)
If crops are planted as given in the picture, all kinds of crops, Mango, Drumstick, Turmeric, Guava, Maize, Onion, Ginger, Amla, Sapota, Castor, Papaya, Chilly, Vegetables, Banana, Flowers, Tubers, Blackgram, can be accommodated in a smaller land space.
There are totally nine rows in 3 cent land allocation. If each crop is planted in each 3 cents, we will be able to create a mini farm that provides income daily, weekly, monthly and yearly income. While concluding he cautioned that one should ensure crops not shadowed that need direct sun light.
(This article written by Durai Nagarajan in Tamil has been translated in English by V Amalan Stanley).