August 6, 2017 by
There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.           “Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.” So is with our lives... Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all... -Call it power of collectivity... -Call it a principle of success... -Call it a law of life. The fact is, None of Us Truly Wins, Until We All Win!! Share picked up from a whatsapp message Subhash Lode

August 6, 2017 by
This is the story of Lavanya from Karvanga who achieved success in Natural farming moving away from Chemical Farming. Lavnya is now earming more than a lakh per acre from the Naturally grown crops. Her Family also started processing chillies to powder and which is giving more profits. I originally hail from Achampeta mandal of Ursurangapur. My husband is a farmer and he had 30 acres of land which yields cotton, groundnut and castor. Mahabubnagar district is a drought prone area and many farmers have given up hope on agriculture. Investments on their crops used to exceed than the income earned. Even then we didn't lose faith in agriculture and continued to invest lots of money and time in agriculture and this situation continued for years which left us severe debts for which we had to sell our 10 acres of land. At these tough times we had conflicts in our joint family which lead to divide the ancestral assets. My husband was given 10 acres while his brother got another 10 acres. In these circumstances we feared that doing agriculture in the remaining land will lead us to some more debts. We didn't knew what to do. All we know was agriculture. In these tough times, Tekalapally Agriculture Officer Hussain Babu and Garama Bharathi Convenor Stambadri Reddy introduced to us Zero Budget Natural farming which helped us to change our way of farming techniques. I was able to understand the methods of Natural farming and stopped using pesticides.             As a part of natural farming, we bought a cow to prepare some Natural pesticides. We collected the urine and dung of the cow which was mixed with rotten eggs to prepare a spray mixture. We had sprayed the entire crop. By using the urine and dung of one cow we can prepare organic pesticide which can be sprayed in 30 acres of land. By using chemical pesticides in 1 acre of cotton farm we incurred Rs.25000 expenditure while in the case of Natual farming we spend much less amount per acre. Very soon we realised this is very profit yielding. As a part of main crop, we also sowed Coriander, Fenugreek, Mustard and for which we earned 1lakh per year. This money was very helpful in educating our children. By using non BT cotton seeds we could produce large quantity of crop. In the drought period, others could hardly produce 2 quintals and in the same time we produced 10 quintals by using natural farming. By starting our farming career with 10 acres of land we could extend it to 30 acres.Many farmers and Telangana's irrigation minister Mr. Pocham Srinivas has also visited our farm. After introducing organic farming techniques to our traditional farming we could change our lives and earn maximum profits in a small land.I was discouraged by many while I decided to start natural farming but now, everyone calls me an ideal farmer. We observe a lot of demand in Naturally grown rice, chilly and cotton which is produced with the methods of organic farming. By adding a few marketing techniques to organic farming we can yield many more profits.   Contact :

November 11, 2017 by
Can individual farmer’s land be developed under Mahatma Gandhi NREGS? Yes, individual farmer’s land can be developed under Mahatma Gandhi NREGS. Works creating individual assets shall be prioritised on land or homestead owned by households belonging to the: a) Scheduled Castes (b) Scheduled Tribes (c) nomadic tribes (d) denotified tribes (e) other families below the poverty line (f) women-headed households (g) physically handicapped headed households (h) beneficiaries of land reforms (i) the beneficiaries under the Indira Awaas Yojana (j) beneficiaries under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (2 of 2007) and, After exhausting the eligible beneficiaries under the above categories, on lands of the small or marginal farmers as defined in the Agriculture Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008 subject to the condition that such households shall have a job card with at least one member willing to work on the project undertaken on their land or homestead Click here to know about Conditions to use NREGA at farm

August 31, 2017 by
Attention all Farmers: How to check if Your Farm Income is Doubled by 2022? If we don't know what is our current income or profit in farming, how can we know our income is going to get doubled or not. 2022 Farmer Balance Sheet App let you know what is your current income and spend in easy manner. 1.Download the App 2.Register 3.Add Crop from List for year and season. 4.Enter expenses by farm activities and revenue by sales events 5. DO NOT forget to enter value of your own work in just like CEO take salary from a company, a farmer should consider his monetary value of work. App will automatically calculate your farm expenses and earnings. Gives Profitability or Loss figures Keep record for every crop and understand. App works offline once you registered. Download from the link below. Shortly app will be available in Local Indian Languages.

July 29, 2017 by
Companion planting (aka interplanting, bio-diverse planting) is an ancient farming method of using different plant species, planted in close proximity, to enhance and support each other. Among its benefits are reduction in the numbers of plant pests, enhanced growth and flavor, attraction of beneficial and weed suppression. Click on Poster to Enlarge Evidence has been found of this planting method being used for thousands of years all over the globe: the Roman Empire, the Americas and Asia. For example, about 2,000 years ago the Roman agriculturalist, Varro, declared “Large walnut trees close by, make the border of the farm sterile.” The ancient Romans also found that orchards grew with less disease and pests if they planted grains alongside their fruit and nut trees. Intercropping was also a fundamental practice in Asian cultures. The most well-known example of companion planting is the Three Sisters Garden (planting corn, pole beans and squash together). While our folklore traces this back to the Iroquois Indians, it has been connected to the ancient indigenous peoples of South America as well. In this planting strategy, the corn provides support for the pole beans, the pole beans enrich the soil by fixing nitrogen from the air into the root zone converting it into a form that is easily taken up by the corn’s roots (a heavy nitrogen feeder). The squash’s big leaves then shade the feet of the corn and beans to slow the evaporation of moisture from the soil. Though this method has been handed down from generation to generation throughout our history as agrarians and all around the globe, there is little significant university research that has conclusively proven that it works or even begins to explain how. Post Courtesy  

August 5, 2017 by
Portals of Major Agriculture Initiatives/Schemes for Welfare of Farmers Govt of India Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Indian Council of Agriculture Research Farmers Portal M Kisan Portal Soil health Card Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana Pradhanmanri Krishee Sinchayee Yojana AgMarketNet National Agriculture Market Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana National Portal on Mechanization and Technology Seednet India Portal National Horticulture Mission Department of Agriculture research and Education Agriculture Statistics research Instiute  

November 11, 2017 by
Individual farmer’s land that is to be developed under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA should be treated as a project with the following conditions.  1. The individual land owner shall be a job card holder and also work in the project and the proposed activity should be part of annual shelf of projects.  2. All projects to be executed under MGNREGA have to be approved by Gram Sabha.  3. No contractor shall be involved in the execution of work. 4. No labour displacing machinery shall be used in the execution of work.  No labour displacing machinery shall be purchased / hired. Can NREGA be used for farmland

September 4, 2017 by
Read till the last line. Download the Farmer Balance Sheet App from below link. Create a Crop  for a type of cultivation method that you are using, Chemical Based, Organic or ZBNF. Enter all the required expenses that you have incurred for that crop including the value of your work, money you could received if you could have given the land on lease. Enter the Earnings that you have received in selling section. Here you Balance Sheet for a crop is prepared, and you now know if you are in Profit or in Loss. 1. If you are in Profit, Analyse your expenses and optimize where you can cut down the expenses to become more profitable. 2. If you are in LOSS, you still have 2 ways to become profitable          a. Check you expenses and verify if you can cut down to be on profit making side          b. If you feel that your LOSS can not be bridged, SIMPLY LEASE THE LAND AND FREE YOUR SELF FOR SOME OTHER WORK. In this scenario your income double (Income  from leasing the land + Income by performing other work ) Don't be EMOTIONAL about FARMING be PRACTICAL. Because you being farmer have to run a family and educate your kids.                        

August 9, 2017 by
We do study hard in streams like Engineering, Medical, Commerce or Management, after the sleepless nights we achieve our certificate of Degree or Diploma and then strive for getting an awesome job in a coveted MNC hoping to get life settled ( which never happens :)). What we strive is followed by many semiskilled population in almost every developing country. They dream of getting some kind of supporting job to improve living standards. In result we have rural to urban migration has crowded cities and created the scenes around us like below. Some of us don’t get desired success and also ends up in depression. In this race we are not even able to give time to our offspring, this is scenario at all levels, to specify, below poverty line, at middle class. Keeping the emotional things apart, observe these situational pictures below, many of use observe these in our surroundings. Majority lower middle class and below poverty line population is migrating to urban as they are not able to get the proper remuneration in rural area Agriculture is the largest source of employment and it’s evident that, for many of the farmers, farming is not coming out to be a profitable venture, which is pushing many of the farmers and farm dependent labors to migrate to urban zone. According to P. Sainath (Eminent journalist from The Hindu) on an average every day 2035 farmers are moving away from the farming profession. We at Input Agri Tech started working on this issue. We analyzed the farm economics and behaviors. Observed the issues at various stages of farming processes. Farmers are facing labor issues throughout the year due to labor habits, labors getting support from employment guarantee schemes or government running the popular schemes of distributing food grains, many laborers have lost the appetite for work. The result is that farmers has to pay more for less work. When farmers go for procurement of the seeds they pay more than MRP for a seeds which they want to sow in the fields. Number of times they end up is procuring the fake seeds. Black-marketing for fertilizers makes situation worst, for many of farmers banks don’t disburse the Agri loans on the time, they have to turn to local money lenders and pay more on interests. It is very common that farmers do not have access to best practices required to exercise for crop under cultivation, they do not have the proper storage facilities of the produced crop and worst financial punch they get from the brokers when they are made to sell crop at lower prices. We performed a lot of Analysis, brainstorming and identified areas where we can provide the solution to this situation, there are few simple solutions to it and in some cases it needs big policy decisions. Although we wanted to focus on that we can achieve at our end. Observed that in current scenario the infrastructure of the ICT can be of a great help to Agriculture arena. According to IMEI by June 2014, rural zone had 85 million internet users in rural India of which 25 million are using actively once in a week. There is no question on that majority of rural population are farmers and they are not untouched by this revolution in communication technologies. We have observed many of the folks uploading images on Facebook and which examples us the usage of the internet connectivity at rural world. At input Agri Tech we configured a platform called, its Markeplace can curb farming input cost ranging from 5% to 50 %. When we discussed this with Krishi Kendra Owners, they got overwhelmed with channel that they are getting to improve on revenue and reduce the inventories. Unlike the Retail mobile shop owners taking hit due to online mobile sales Flipkart, Amezon and Snapdeal, Krishi Kendra owners were happy to recognize the opportunity they are getting to list products online and take advantage of the e-commerce and were happy to offer the discounted prices on agri Inputs. Krishi Kendra contributes at least 1 million employment through around 300,000 registered shops pan India serving almost 95 million farmers families in India Farmers getting 5% to 50% discounts would contribute on positives of farmers balance sheet which just an area where is poised to contribute. In Agriculture Ecosystem, there are other Situations which Input Agri Technologies have modeled to address through We have established Marketplace, forums, Events, Best Practices and informative videos. The new information exchanges on will catalyze the agriculture information flow from agronomist to a famer, feedbacks from farmer to agronomist. Agribusiness companies to farmers and vice and versa, universities to students etc, We will strive to make the agriculture a profitable venture for all those who are involved in the ecosystem to avert the concentration of the people who altogether puts the pressure and fight for resources. We are determined and excited to make a difference in agriculture space to help ourselves. Join us by providing advice, ideas, investments, critic’s views and by wishing a best of Luck. Thanks and Love to All. Subhash M Lode (09666 55 6197) Fouder

August 6, 2017 by
As soon we received the news that Shri Subhash Palekar is Padma Award Winner this year in farming, it was joys feeling that farming sector and that too Natural Farming method has been recognized by government. Shri Subhash Palekar who is instrumental in propagating the Natural Farming cultivation Practices. This made me curious to find out how many awards has been conferred in farming sector where we say Agriculture is the backbone of the nation. To my surprise ONLY 6 Padma is awarded to Agriculture sector in seven years (reference)          It is good the Art sector has bagged 145 of 580 of the total Padma Awards conferred during 2010 to 2016, but this 25% reconition shadows the other sectors indicates the unreasonable representation. Here are others who received the Padma awards during last 7 years 2011 Mahesh Haribhai Mehta Science and Engineering-Agricultural Science 2011 E. A. Siddiq Science and Engineering-Agricultural Science 2012 Krishna Lal Chadha Science and Engineering - Agriculture 2012 Vijaypal Singh Science and Engineering - Agricultural Research 2012 T. Venkatapathi Reddiar Others-Horticulture We should learn from the data where our priorities should be, farmers are in distress majorly due to the unprofitable farm economics, more recognition in agri sector will encourge more leaders motivated to bring another much required revolution to improve farming economics. Author: Subhash Lode Founder