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 Agrowbok.com, 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 Agrowbook.com is poised to contribute. In Agriculture Ecosystem, there are other Situations which Input Agri Technologies have modeled to address through Agrowbook.com. We have established Marketplace, forums, Events, Best Practices and informative videos. The new information exchanges on Agrowbook.com 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 Agrowbook.com

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 : gramabharati@gmail.com

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 Agrowbook.com

August 5, 2017 by
Portals of Major Agriculture Initiatives/Schemes for Welfare of Farmers Govt of India Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare http://agricoop.nic.in/ Indian Council of Agriculture Research http://www.icar.org.in/ Farmers Portal www.farmer.gov.in M Kisan Portal www.mkisan.gov.in Soil health Card www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana www.agri-insurance.gov.in Pradhanmanri Krishee Sinchayee Yojana www.pmksy.gov.in AgMarketNet www.Agmarketnet.dac.gov.in National Agriculture Market www.enam.gov.in Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana www.rkvy.nic.in National Portal on Mechanization and Technology www.farmech.dac.gov.in Seednet India Portal www.seednet.gov.in National Horticulture Mission www.nhm.nic.in Department of Agriculture research and Education http://www.dare.nic.in/ Agriculture Statistics research Instiute http://www.iasri.res.in/  

August 5, 2017 by
             The Above picturized machine is an innovation done for to reduce manual efforts to perform an recipe. A recipe for human addiction which gives ecstatic feeling when consumed. This analysis is no brainer’s observation in certain part of Vidarbha (Maharashtra, India) and Adilabad. Well basically it is machine which helps in preparation of mixture of baked Beetelnuts, tobacco and lime (Calcium Oxide). This mixture is called as Kharra and can be flavored with multiple condiments to suite the customer. This Kharra upon consumption gives a kick and ecstatic feeling for some time and addictive one need 2 to 5 doses in a day. Now you may be wondering what it has to do with farmer suicides. The price of this ecstatic mixture Kharra varies from 10 to 25 rupees considering least 2 doses a day makes it yearly 10*2*365 =7,300 of minimum and on higher side on somewhere around 18 to 20 thousand. Neither beetle nuts grows in vidarbha nor does the tobacco mean none of revenue goes to local farmers. This is prima facie & monetary impact on pockets of farmer. While beetlenuts and tobacco are very well known for its cancer causing properties and combined with lime makes a deadly combination in mouth, food intake and digestion track.                When this kharra is supported by wine and gambling it’s a complete death trap for the family and makes all members vulnerable, degrades the family financials. If you take up tour Vidarbha region, Kharra & daru are supported by carom cafes which are becoming betting hubs. These hubs have become the time pass of younger generation where hardly people are exchanging thoughts on progress or taking decisions to improve the situation. Now who are all these folks engaged in these activities, most of them are educated sons of farmers, who at a times feel shy of working in their farms. In few instances they are asked by farmer parents to not to work at field and focus on study. Here we should observe the this time pass is taking pie from man hours at farm.   The Policy makers who are working on farmer suicide issues for Vidarbha region must look into Kharra culture, which basically thrived because no employment opportunities available locally.             We need a serious thought replace the kharra, daru and Carrom enterprises with farm based village enterprises that could turn the fortune for Vidarbha youths and farming population. There are multiple other reasons which are contributing to suicides are Low Price for farm produce, Crop Productivity, Floods, Fear of failure, Social Status, Relevant Markets, Droughts, No Access to finance, Health Problems, Dowry, Irrigation, Hailstorms, Bank Loan Recovery, High Farm Input Costs, No Food Processing Units, Untimely Rains, Not able to fund education of children, Agri Information Access, Depression, Private Money Lenders, High Labor costs, Less crop Alternatives/dependency on single crop, Coal/Cement Transport, Spurious Seeds, Self-Education, Mines Coal Based Power plants, Labor scarcity.   Subhash Lode, Founder Agrowbook.com

August 5, 2017 by
In a buzz of Statups, AgTech Startups are on the rise, most of them are coming from the techies who served in IT industry and has some connection to Agriculture. Many of founders are working on to create new age innovations for farming like using drones to diagnose the crop stress and suggest appropriate action which could help farmers to improve crop yields While there are few smart farm implements being developed which does facilitates the easy land preparations, inter crop cultivation or facilitate easy harvest.             We are also coming across few Agtech startups who are focusing on to measure of soil nutrients with sensors and automate Fertigation and irrigation All these innovations created with an dedication to solve the issues of the farming community, needs to reach farming community but for the startups reaching out to farmers takes much time and cash. It needs extra human resources and fund,s to carry out Sales and Marketing. Agrowbook has with its presence among farmers in India and with Agribusiness Vendors, can help you to reach out to farms, well it can be a pilot and learning phase for you. sometimes it can be feasibility study for your innovation that you planning to work on. So bottom-line, leave Go to Market strategy of your startup to us in India and focus on product/service development. We are social and you can message us at FB Page https://www.facebook.com/agrowbook or tweet at @agrowbook   Subhash Lode Founder Agrowbook.com