Saturday, June 23, 2012

Visit to Manoj's zero budget farm

Visited Manoj's zero budget farm in Kanjikode,Palakkad. I had visited this farm in 2008 and that time it was more at the begining stage and now it is a complete farm. He had started with chemical farming but he could make out that the fertility of the soil is loosing and expenses are becoming more. He was looking for alternative solution and finally adopted zero budget farming of Subash Palekar. His farm is around 12 acres and main crops are sugar cane, coconut and banana. He has 4 or 5 local cows and used to make Jeevamritham earlier to bring back the fertility. Now he is planning to pump cowdung and urine through out the farm. In one area of the farm he has coconut, banana, coco, glyrecedia, coffee, cardomom etc. This area has trenches and completely aligned with Palekar's methods. He is also planning to introduce nutmeg and according to him with sufficient mulching watering can be reduced. After intercropping the coconut yield also has increased and he gets banana bunches with average weight of 8Kgs.

Trees need mositure not water, aeration is an important factor in getting good yield. He says if tea is given in a glass you can drink it, but if it is given in a pot it can not be and same is the case with plants. His main problem now is water logging and it reduces the yield so he is looking for solutions for that. He is using the same sugar cane variety used by Krishnappa Dasappa Gowda of Mysore, but he doesn't get the same yield, so he feels sunlight is one of the major factor in deciding the yield. He tills the land and sow seeds of many legumes to make the land fertile. I felt if he can achieve the same without tilling there is a chance that fertility increases much and also water logging also may be reduced with more aeration for the soil. There are earthworms all around the farm. His farm has got organic certification from Indocert and it takes 3 years to get the certification. The cost of this certification is 9000/- per year. His main farm produce is coconut oil, sugar cane jaggery and banana.










Here are some photos of his farm - 

32 comments:

Jayanandan Subramanian said...

Hi .. Even i would like to Visit Manoj's farm.. can you please share Manoj's contact number...
Thanks
Jayanand
09790980568
jaylnx@yahoo.com

Nandakumar said...

Sent to your email ID


Regards,
Nandan

Soma Sundaresh said...

Dear Nandan, can you please share Manoj's contact details? I plan a visit shortly.

Regards
Soma

soma.sundaresh@gmail.com

Nandakumar said...

Has sent it by email

Regards,
Nandan

Narayanan said...

Hi Nandakumar,
Please send me a Manoj contact details.

My Mail id:narayanan.team@gmail.com
Mobile:+91-9941042612

K.Lakshmi Narayanan

ஜீவ கரிகாலன் said...

Dear Nandakumar,

Very firm narration... Giving hope. I would like to write an article in print media.. Can I get the contact no of Mr.Manoj. My email-id kaalidossan@gmail.com

Thanks & Regards
Kalidasan

Nandakumar said...

Thanks for the comments, will send you contact details

Regards,
Nandan

shinto thomson said...

Dear Nandakumar,
Would You please send me Manoj's Contact details. I would like to visit his zero budget farm.My email ID is shintotheruvapuzha@gmail.com
Thanks & Regards

Nandakumar said...

Dear Shinto,

Has sent you the phone number

Regards,
Nandan

dipun chacko said...

Dear Nandakumar,
Would You please send me Manoj's Contact details 8281550954 chackodipun@gmail.com

Nandakumar said...

Has sent it to your email ID


Nandan

Senthil said...

Dear Nandakumar,

Can you please send me Manoj's contact details 94880 44854
pensen@gmail.com

Nandakumar said...

Has sent it to your email ID

Regards,
Nandan

Manoj said...

Dear Nandakumar,

Can you please send Manoj's contact details to my email id manoj_a0@yahoo.com

Regards

Manoj said...

Dear Nandakumar,

Can you please send Manoj's contact details to my email id manoj_a0@yahoo.com

Regard

Nandakumar said...

Has sent it

Regards,
Nandan

john michael said...

Hi Nandakumar,

Could you please send Mr. Manoj's contact details to my e-mail(johnpadippurackal@gmail.com). I would like to know the practical sides of ZBNF from Manoj.

Thanks in advance.

John Michael
Pala.

Nandakumar said...

Has sent it

Regards,
Nandan

GK said...

Hi Nandakumar,

I would like to know more about ZBNF by visiting Manoj Kumar's farm.
Please mail his contact info to graison.k@gmail.com

Thank You

Nandakumar said...

Sent by mail

Sajith K said...

Hi Nandakumar ,
i would like to visit Manojkumar' s farm.can u send his contact number @ adress to below mentioned email id.
sjith.nest@gmail.com

Rgrds,,,Sajith

Nandakumar said...

sent by email

Regards,
Nandan

Dinesh Cota said...











Hello Nandakumar,

Greetings to you and all the best on your endeavour of ZBNF. I am from Goa and would also like to start on experimental basis natural farming.

As you mentioned in your blog, Manoj is quite successful and his farm is certified as well...Do you have his contact details so that I can get in touch with him or perhaps even visit him.

Regards

Dinesh.

Mail id...dineshcota@gmail.com









Anonymous said...

Can you please share Mr.Manoj's contact details to my email id vivesh@gmail.com

Nandakumar said...

Manoj's number has been sent to both Dinesh and Vivesh

Regards,
Nandan

varun said...

Dear Mr Nandakumar, can you please send Mr Manojs contact details to varun0386@gmail.com. Really appreciate your gesture. Thank you.

Nandakumar said...

Varun,

Manoj's number is sent...


Regards,
Nandan

god of education said...

My name is Dhakshina- my email id is moorthyedec@gmail.com.
Need Manoj contact details.

god of education said...

My name is Dhakshina- my email id is moorthyedec@gmail.com.
Need Manoj contact details.

Nandakumar said...

Dear Dhakshina,

I have sent Manoj's number by email.


Regards,
Nandan

Anonymous said...

Hi Nanda Kumar,

I'm Hari Baskar

I have seen his video in kissan krishideepam program in youtube. Its really nice to know organic farming can be profitable and sustainable. I would like to Visit Manoj's farm and know more about Zero Budget Farming. Can you please share me, Manoj's contact number.

My E-mail ID is mh.baskar@gmail.com

Nandakumar said...

Hi Hari Baskar,

Sent it to your email ID

Regards,
Nandan