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BTW R had some questions.

'''1. How much did you buy the land for ?'''

I bought 2 acres with a pumpset, motor , free current and a 320 sq ft RC building for 2,10,000 - 1/3 of an acre is around the house and I am growing some bananas and also using this for vermicompost etc. .. another 4 acres I have leased for 1,85,000.. this is temple land though, and doesnt count under my income. I am more a self-appointed trustee for that land!

'''2. How many hours do you work on the land in a week? Is it the year around ?'''

I dont do any work myself.. I try to visit every day , whether there is work or not! During planting and harvest I may have to oversee in the hot sun. It is around 3 days planting and 2 days harvest for this 1.67 acres.

'''3. How many workers do you employ ? Is your income post all the payments ?'''

Only one old man is there who is a caretaker.. I pay him around 6000 Rs /year. I hire temporary labour for all reqd work. I made 16,000 in 1.67 acres in one crop of rice (Aug to Jan) - post payments and processing, shipping costs. I will be making another 10,000 from green gram next month. After that I am planning on vegetables which should fetch me a 50000 nett in this 1.67 acres.. but if labour is difficult to manage I may go for maize and soyabeans/sunflower which will only fetch me around 15,000 - 20,000 nett. Overall I think I can make nett 1.2 lakhs from 2 acres. If I live in the farm, have cows and make vermicompost I can easily earn 2 lakhs per annum after all expenses.

'''4. What is the water situation there ?'''

Water is plenty. We have floods in the monsoon!

'''5. How hot is the place and is that affecting farming?'''

It gets to a max of 40C in peak summer.. generally in the 30C for most of the year.. It is hard to grow crops that need a cool climate here - like French beans or peas or beetroot, in the summer. Rice , cane, bamboo, banana can all be grown fine. The weather is like Cochin.

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