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How to integrate farming with other money spinning activities

How to integrate farming with other money spinning activities

My dear friends: What is the main objective of you doing agriculture? Most of you will say earning earning money. Agriculture is just not a service. It is a vocation. Nothing is free here. Everything comes with a price. Successful agriculture involves deploying a...

Thinking out of the box in earthworm rearing

Thinking out of the box in earthworm rearing

Gone are the days when vegetables and fruits needed to be got from the field. Today the concept of terrace gardening has hit practically every district in the state and there are hundreds of terrace gardens today not only in individual homes but in gated communities...

An elixir called Panchagavya

An elixir called Panchagavya

Dear farming friends, following last week’s column on the need for farmers to make their own inputs, I received several mails, messages and phone calls. Seventy percent of those who responded said it was the right time for farming groups to take up such practices, but...

Why debt is a non-issue for these Kanyakumari farmers

Why debt is a non-issue for these Kanyakumari farmers

Controlling pest attack is a major problem in agriculture. A farmer has two options in fighting pest: He can either buy the input from a retail shop or make his own inputs and use them. The first choice is easy but is not cost-effective. It creates a dent in the...

Adieu! Tree whisperer. You left the world a better place

Adieu! Tree whisperer. You left the world a better place

Rare are those individuals who are committed to selfless work. Such people have a strong conviction that the purpose of their birth is to give back to society so that the world is a better place when they depart. One such person was Maram Thangasamy who died on...

Farmer speaks out against free, subsidised rice

Farmer speaks out against free, subsidised rice

‘Arasiyal’ is the Tamil word for politics and some elders used to say that it originated from ‘arisi’, the Tamil word for rice. Yes, it is true and it is obvious that this tiny foodgrain has even overturned many governments. It is no exaggeration to say that the...

How to Make Farming Remunerative: A million dollar question?

How to Make Farming Remunerative: A million dollar question?

My dear farming friends I had received some mails in which young men from some parts of the state had requested me to guide them in finding right information, regarding entrepreneurship programmes available in agriculture. This made me think? There are several hundred...

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