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MBA Grad Quits Job To Develop Residue-Free Thai Guavas, Earns Over Rs 1 Cr

Nainital-born Rajeev Bhaskar by no means thought the expertise he gained working at a seeds firm in Raipur would at some point assist him turn out to be a profitable farmer and entrepreneur. 

As a part of the gross sales and advertising crew of the VNR Seeds firm for nearly 4 years, he had the chance to work together with a number of farmers from completely different elements of the nation, he says. By means of them, he learnt the scope of agriculture and was motivated to take up farming. 

“Although I’ve a BSc in agriculture, I had no plans of taking on farming as a career till I began working with VNR Seeds. I’d even carried out my MBA by way of distance schooling throughout that interval. However as I handled the sale of seeds and saplings, I grew to become extra focused on agriculture, ultimately desirous to attempt my hand at it,” he tells The Higher India

Alongside the best way, he additionally discovered the scope of the Thai number of guava. “I additionally interacted with farmers who cultivated them and guided them,” he provides.

Taking his curiosity ahead, Rajeev give up his job in 2017 to develop Thai guavas on 5 acres of land he took on the lease in Panchkula, Haryana. He does this through a way generally known as ‘residue-free’ farming. 

As we speak, the 30-year-old agripreneur has expanded to 25 acres of land, on which he grows round 12,000 bushes, incomes him a mean revenue of round Rs 6 lakh per acre, he says. 

Taking the leap 

Rajeev Bhaskar at his flourishing Thai guava farm in Punjab.
Rajeev Bhaskar at his flourishing Thai guava farm in Punjab.

Rajeev says that whereas he had been desirous to take up farming for a while, he was not sure of quitting a secure job on the seeds firm. However in 2017, a Thai guava farmer he had labored with provided him 5 acres of a guava orchard in Panchkula, as he was unable to take excellent care of it.

This turned out to be a turning level in Rajeev’s life — the identical 12 months, he give up his job and took on the position of a full-time farmer.

“The guava bushes at his farm have been three years previous and bearing fruits. I took the land on lease and began nurturing the bushes,” he says.

Because the title suggests, Thai guava varieties are native to Thailand and have a excessive demand throughout India. These white fruits are bigger than common varieties, with an apple inexperienced pores and skin. They’re solely mildly candy, with much less perfume. 

“The key spotlight of the fruit is that it has a protracted shelf life, of as much as 12 days, when saved at room temperature of 25 levels Celsius,” says Rajeev.

Thai guavas
Thai guavas are bigger than common varieties, with an apple inexperienced pores and skin and mildly candy style.

He says he adopted a residue-free methodology as a result of he felt it was viable for large-scale horticultural farming. 

“After I took over the farm, I realised the necessity for fertilisers in addition to correct irrigation, which have been important for the expansion of such fruit crops. I additionally needed to make it possible for my produce is secure and clear for consumption. Subsequently, I adopted residue-free farming,” he explains.

What’s residue-free farming? 

Residue-free farming entails organically-derived biocides and biofertilisers to guard crops and assist them develop. They generally contain the utilization of chemical compounds, however in an optimum quantity that doesn’t hurt human well being.

“Natural farming works properly if you end up farming in an space or a surrounding the place chemical farming isn’t practised a lot. But when the farms round you’re utilizing chemical compounds, then it will turn out to be tough to handle an natural farm, which might be extra susceptible to pest assault,” Rajeev explains. “Natural or pure farming at large-scale is an costly affair and labour intensive. In addition to, the ultimate yield can even be much less.”

In line with a report in The Enterprise Line,  residue-free farming is economical and yields increased produce. Furthermore, it leaves no chemical residue behind.

Rajeev's farm
Rajeev’s practices residue-free farming at his 25 acres of guava farm

“Each pesticide has a selected pre-harvest interval (PHI), which is the hole between spraying and harvesting, or the minimal period of time required for the pesticide residue to wear down earlier than the crop will be harvested. I take advantage of solely green-labelled pesticides which might be much less poisonous and have much less PHI, of round 3 to five days,” he elaborates, including that he harvests his produce solely after a spot of 15 days from the final utility.

To know extra about residue-free farming, we spoke to Dr Amit Kumar Goswami, a horticultural scientist on the Indian Agricultural Analysis Institute in Delhi.

In line with him, “There are various kinds of chemical compounds which have short-term residue and others with long-term residues. In residue-free farming, a really restricted and secure quantity of chemical compounds can be utilized that received’t depart residue on the result or on the produce. Whereas utilizing them, you will need to comply with the pre-harvest interval (PHI) to make sure that the produce is freed from any residue earlier than consumption.”

“In the case of pure farming, the essential parts contain animals or livestock. However of their absence, it’s tough to make large-scale farming ventures economically viable. Subsequently, sure dependency or minimal utilization of such chemical parts turns into essential at some factors,” he provides.

Rajeev says he makes use of water-soluble chemical fertilisers that assist increase the yield at a really optimum stage. 

“We additionally use microbe tradition within the soil in order that it helps in higher absorption of vitamins,” he says, including that he makes use of drip irrigation for the well timed utility of water-soluble fertilisers in addition to to minimise water wastage.

A profitable harvest

One other important farming apply he follows is the three-layer bagging. 

“When the flowers flip to fruits, we instantly bag them to guard them from accidents and pest assaults. We first cowl the fruit with a foam internet, then an anti-fog polythene bag, and eventually with a bit of newspaper. This three-layer packaging ensures uniform color distribution and secure development of the fruit until harvest,” he explains. 

Bagged guavas at Rajeev's farm
Rajeev additionally practices three-layer bagging, to guard the fruits from accidents and pest assaults.

After taking up the farm in 2017, he says that the primary yield was harvested and offered in October and November. “That 12 months, I earned a gross income of Rs 20 lakh. It gave me the arrogance to increase my enterprise. So I took one other piece of land (15 acres) close to the Mohali airport and tried residue-free vegetable farming. But it surely didn’t work out as I anticipated as I couldn’t market my produce properly,” he says.

Going through losses with greens, Rajeev determined to stay to Thai guava farming by roping in three extra traders this time. Thus in 2019, they took 55 acres of land on lease in Rupnagar, Punjab and planted guava bushes. 

“We planted guava bushes on 25 acres and I continued with the 5-acre plantation in Panchkula until 2021, when the proprietor determined to dump the land. I additionally needed to concentrate on the 25 acres, so I had to surrender the primary farm,” says Rajeev.

He says that guava bushes begin fruiting from the second to 3rd 12 months after planting, yielding round 10 kg per plant. The yield will increase with time as much as a mean of 25 kg per plant.

“The typical most potential of a single guava plant is 40 kg, which I want to obtain within the coming years,” he provides.

Workers harvesting guavas at Rajeev's farm.
Staff harvesting guavas at Rajeev’s farm.

Guava crops are harvested twice a 12 months — as soon as in the course of the wet season after which in the course of the winter. “However we harvest solely in the course of the wet season with a purpose to keep away from competitors from different varieties and sellers. We let the crops relaxation after that ,” he says.

“We promote all our produce to the Delhi APMC market in 10 kg containers and receives a commission inside one week. The speed per kg ranges between Rs 40 to Rs 100, primarily based on season and high quality,” he says. “At present, I’ve round 14 farm staff and we earn a mean of Rs 6 lakh per acre.”

In line with Rajeev, Thai guava farming is a dangerous enterprise because the revenue might fluctuate. 

“I is perhaps getting yield proper now, but it surely might be completely different subsequent 12 months. It couldn’t be worthwhile on a regular basis. But when we handle our farm very properly and with some persistence, we might ultimately get an honest common revenue yearly,” he opines.

Edited by Divya Sethu

Prioritise residue-free farming over natural farming, by Thirukumaran Nagarajan; revealed by The Enterprise Line on 15 Could 2022.



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