Oil Palm Plantation in Second Year 4-1-2014

Palm Oil Plantation is in the second year at SriAg Farms. The growth of most of the plants is good. Protecting the plants from cattle grazing was a challenge but not any more having fenced the farm.

Palm Oil Plantation Andhra Pradesh

Palm Oil Plantation Andhra Pradesh

 

Yam Harvesting Completed 3-25-2013

Yam harvesting completed as of March 25, 2013.

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Turmeric at Harvesting Stage 3-7-2013

Mature turmeric crop almost ready to be harvested.

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Oil Palm plantation SriAg Farms 12-28-2012

Oil Palm plantation has started  to produce new leaves.  Drip irrigation laterals are being set up for irrigation.

Oil Palm Plantation Completed at SriAg Farms!

December 12, 2012

Oil palm plantation was successfully completed at SriAg farms. Diversification is the key to success of any agriculture enterprise. We wanted to diversify into long term plantation crops along with annuals.

Planting Type: Triangular method of planting was adopted per the specifications of the nursery.

Spacing: 8 meter x 8 meter x 8 meter spacing was adopted.

Turmeric Diseases and Pest Management

November 25, 2012

We have seen some  incidence of turmeric leafs pot and turmeric rhizome rot  in one plot that is in a low spot. We will follow university  recommendations for pest and disease control.

 

Elephant Foot Yam Crop 11-14-2012

Elephant Foot Yam reaching maturity

Turmeric Cultivation and Crop Growth 11-14-2012

Status of turmeric crop as of November 14 2012

Youth into scientific sustainable agriculture

It is interesting that two youngsters share the same mission as ours to encourage youth into scientific sustainable agriculture in order to enhance food secutiry. Read more (Hindu article)

Yam seed for Sale at Sri Agro Farms

High Quality Elephant foot yam seed (variety Gajendra) is available for sale at Sri Agro Farms at competitive price. Yam seed will be available during the month of November. Due to heavy demand for good quality seed material, we urge farmers to place order well in advance. You will need approximately 4 tons of corms for planting one acre.

For trade inquiries, please contact us at sriagrofarms@gmail.com or you can call our farm manager @  9989241588

Yam seed for sale

Yam seed corms

Turmeric farming and plant growth 10-20-12

Turmeric farming and plant growth as of October 20, 2012.

 

Yam cultivation and plant growth 10-16-12

Fertilization has been done in three split doses and two weedings have been done. Plant growith as of October 16, 2012 looks optimum.

Turmeric cultivation and plant growth 10-16-12

Turmeric cultivation and plant growth as of October 16, 2012. So far two fertilization doses have been given per the recommendations and two weedings have been done.

Yam cultivation 3rd dose fertilization 10-4-2012

The final dose of fertiliation was applied to yam crop.

Turmeric cultivation 2nd Fertilization 10-4-2-12

Second dose of fertilizers were applied to turmeric crop.

Yam crop cultivation 9-12-2012

Turmeric weeding 9-12-2012

Due to continuous rains, weeds have grown and manual weeding is being performed.

 

Turmeric farming fertilization and earthing up 8-30-12

Turmeric fertilization and earthing up with bullocks

Yam after fertilization and weeding operations 8-27-12

Turmeric after weeding operation 8-27-12

Manual Weeding in Turmeric 8-21-12

Manual weeding operation in turmeric approx. 22 women labor/acre. This operation will be followed with fertilization and earthing up.

 

Yam crop as of August 20 2012

Yam Crop as of August 20 2012

Turmeric Crop as of August 20 2012

Turmeric crop August 20 2012

Yam cultivation Season 2 – June 8 2012

Yam was planted mid June 2012. Raised beds were planted using a tractor.

 

 

Turmeric farming Season 2 – July 9 2012

Turmeric was planted in Season 2 during the last week of June 2012. Raised beds were prepared using a tractor.

 

Facts about Rice

The majority of all rice produced comes from China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Japan. 

The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (the outer husks of the grain). At this point in the process, the product is called brown rice. The milling may be continued, removing the ‘bran’, i.e., the rest of the husk and the germ, thereby creating white rice. White rice, which keeps longer, lacks some important nutrients; in a limited diet which does not supplement the rice, brown rice helps to prevent the disease beriberi.

  • More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.
  • Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  • Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on rice and only rice.
  • To plow 1 hectare of land in the traditional way, a farmer and his water buffalo must walk 80 km.
  • It takes 5,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of irrigated rice.
  • More than 140,000 varieties of cultivated rice (the grass family Oryza sativa) are thought to exist but the exact number remains a mystery.
  • Three of the world’s four most populous nations are rice-based societies: People’s Republic of China, India, and Indonesia. Together, they have nearly 2.5 billion people almost half of the world’s population.
  • The average Asian consumer eats 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats 5 kg.
  • Every year, 50 million people are added to Asia’s soaring population of 3.5 billion.
  • Improved varieties are planted on three fourths of Asia’s rice land and are responsible for producing most of the continent’s rice.
  • Asia is home to 250 million rice farms. Most are less than 1 hectare.
  • In several Asian languages the words for ‘food’ and ‘rice’ are identical.
  • Rice is thrown on newly married couples as a symbol of fertility, luck and wealth.
  • 65 kilos of rice are milled annually for every person on earth.

Labor demands more for harvesting SRI paddy fields

December 1, 2010. Silagam

Our 10 ac SRI paddy fields at SriAg Farms surprised local farmers with more tillers and panicles compared to traditional paddy fields. We are harvesting this week and are very excited. However, in our negotiations with local labor for manual harvesting of our SRI paddy fields  we encountered a strange situation. Since our SRI plants  are bulky with more tillers compared to traditional fields, labor is demanding more fee for harvesting. They argue that in traditional paddy fields they could cut two to three plants at once and in our SRI fields they can cut only one plant at a time. They claim that harvesting will be slow in SRI fields compared to traditional fields and are not willing to harvest  our SRI fields for the same price as normal paddy fields. We were left with no option but to agree for paying extra, especially during this time of  labor scarcity.
We tried renting a harvesting machine but were not successful due to relatively few machines operating in  our area.

Paddy transplantation completed using Kubota Transplanter

SriAg Farms, Silagarm

We are proud to share with you that we have completed our paddy transplantation with a mechanical transplanter (kubota transplanter) during the first week of August 2011. Nursery was grown in trays and 10-15 day seedlings at two leaf stage were planted at the rate 2 seedlings/hill.

We faced acute shortage of labor especially during transplantation season last year and we had to delay our planting. Same is the case with several local farmers in our area. We decided to support govt mission of mechanized farming and as a first step switched to mechanized transplanting.

Turmeric Plantation Completed!

SriAg Farms, Timadam

turmeric plantation

We have successfully completed turmeric plantation on raised beds during the last week of July 2011 under the supervision of supporting scientists. Local labor and our farming staff were trained on raised bed formation, seed treatment and planting operations. We thank our farm Managers, labor and scientists who worked as a team and accomplished this ardous task!

 

 

 

Ginger Plantation Completed!

SriAg Farms, Timadam

We have successfully completed Ginger plantation on raised beds during the first week of August 2011 under the supervision of supporting scientists. We cut the ginger rhizomes into 2 pieces making sure that each piece has 2 to 3 vegetative buds and performed seed treatment prior to planting.

 

Local labor and our farming staff were trained on raised bed formation, seed treatment and planting operations. We thank our farm Managers, labor and scientists who worked as a team and accomplished this ardous task!

Gloriosa Superba Planting Completed!

SriAg Farms, Timadam.

We have successfully completed Gloriosa Superba plantation on raised beds during the last week of July 2011 under the supervision of supporting scientists. We had to be very careful with the rhizomes as they are very delicate and any damage to the rhizome will not germinate. Seed treatment was performed prior to planting. This is our first venture into medicinal plant crop production.

Local labor and our farming staff were trained on raised bed formation, seed treatment and planting operations. We thank our farm managers, labor and scientists who worked as a team and accomplished this ardous task!

Elephant Foot Yam Plantation Completed!

SriAg Farms, Timadam

We have successfully completed Elephant Foot Yam plantation on raised beds during the last fortnight of July 2011 under the supervision of supporting scientists. Each Yam was cut into 2 to three pieces and seed treatment was performed prior to planting. Local labor and our farming staff were trained on raised bed formation, seed treatment and planting operations. We thank our farm Managers, labor and scientists who worked as a team and accomplished this ardous task!

Seed Treatment is cheap insurance to the crop

SriAg Farms, Timadam

Seed treatment is very essential for profitable farming of pretty much any crop. It is like cheap insurance for the crop. Seed treatment is the application of fungicide, insecticide, or a combination of both, to seed material in order to disinfect them from seed-borne or soil-borne pathogenic organisms and storage insects. Seed treatment prevents spread of plant diseases, protects seed from seed rot, seedling blights , storage insects etc.,  improves germination, controls soil insects. Many farmers are reluctant to perform seed treatment owing to the costs involved and lack of knowledge. At SriAg Farms we mandated seed treatment for all of our crops prir to planting.

One of the goals of Janisha Farms is to create awareness among farmers on sustainable farming practices not by preeching but by doing it. Our farm managers and labor were trained on how to perform seed treatment for the various crops we planted. Even though they are not convinced of the benefits of seed treatment today, we are sure they will be as the crop progresses!

Turmeric seed treatment

 

 

Director of Extension, ANGRAU, visits Janisha Farms

Silagam. January 26, 2011

Dr. P. Gidda Reddy, Director of Extension, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) visited SriAg Farms today. It is a proud moment for SriAg Farms team.  Dr. Gidda Reddy inspected Maize plantation under zero tillage method and Rice plantation under SRI method planted during Rabi at Janisha Farms.

MMV Srinivas Rao and Chinnam Naidu scientists from Eruvaka DAATT Center and Gara Mandal Agricultural Officer Tirumal Rao  accompanied Dr. Gidda Reddy. At SriAg Farms we adopt latest farming technologies and encourage other farmers to follow us. We are recieving very strong support from scientists at ANGRAU DAAAT Center and Department of Agricutlture.

Higher paddy yields acheived under SRI

Silagam, India – December 25, 2010.

SriAg Farms successfully implemented SRI paddy trails in Sialagam, a village in Southern India, during Kharif 2010 (June – December 2010). Every farmer needs to be a scientist when it comes to SRI experimenting on what is known and how it make it better. That’s exactly what we have done during our first SRI season. SRI trails conducted included 25×25 cm vs 25×12.5 cm spacings, Biofertilizers vs. Chemical fertilizers, Heavy vs. Light soils. Paddy was also cultivated under tradional method and yield attributes of traditional fields were compared with SRI fields.

SRI fields under 25 cmx12.5 cm achieved significantly higher yields compared to other treatments. Click here for YIELD DATA. We are very satisfied with perfomance of SRI paddy and will continue to cultivate paddy under SRI method while experimenting on other variables.

Meet and greet with Naira College professors and Scientists

August 13, 2010. Silagam

Mr. Reddy Ganta visited College of Agriculture, Naira and met faculty and staff members. Reddy had a productive meeting with faculty and scientists from Ag College, Naira where practical limitations on implementation of latest technologies in the farm were discussed.

Later Mr. Lakshmi Narayana and ADR of Seetampet Research Station visited SriAg Farms.

 

Lakshmi Narayana, Asst. Prof, Ag College Naira and ADR Seetampet Research Station

Agricultural Officers visit Janisha Farms

August 27, 2010. Silagam

A fleet of Agricultural Officers in Srikakulam District lead by the Joint Director of Agriculture visited SriAg Farms for the demonstration of Mechanical weeder in SRI paddy fields. The Agricultural Officers (AOs) were introduced to the sustainable farming methods implemented at SriAg Farms. The AOs critically observed the roubust plant growth in SRI fields in comparison to surrounding traditional fields. Scientists Mr. Reddy Ganta, Mr. MMV Srinivas and Mr. Chinnam Naidu along with Farm Manager Rajsekhar Reddy demostrated the Garuda power weeder.

Mr. Reddy Ganta said he was very excited to see Agricutlrural Officers from more than 30 mandals of Srikakulam district visit Janisha Farms; most of these officers are Reddy Ganta’s college and classmates and it was a special occasion for every body to meet and greet each other after years.

Garuds Power weeder

Farm Manager demonstrating mechanized cono weeder under the guidance of scientists

SRI agricultral officers

District Agricultural Officers visit SriAg Farms

 SriAg Farms thanks all the Agricultural Officers and the Joint Director for their visit and input.