Agriculture, being a mainstream livelihood to many of the farmer communities in our nation, India. With an objective to bring out precision or systematic farming techniques, higher yield per acre, and post-harvest technologies to deliver best quality produced to the end customer, we developed a concept that can help support community farming, or to that extend, a Share-Farming method.
The shared farming model means that each farmer works his own land, and as a group, they receive shared services. The farmers don’t need to form a company, just a shared farming agreement. This way, they share some of the benefits and risks of farming. The concept of share farming encourages the economic use of resources and reduces overhead costs.
The idea in this case is to include multiple lands under one management team. One or more farmers can come together with their part of the land in a given radius of 30- 50 kilometers in a region. The project team (local-Preston and International- Israel) will provide data analysis based on the data given by the farmers, based on their respective area. This data will help the team assess the possibility of potential crops that farmers can work. This would help farmers gain shoulder-to-shoulder support and collectively work to bring the best of produce to make their farms profitable. In this model each farmer will cultivate his own land. The crop management, crop protection, and some of the machinery work will be done together for all the farms, therefore the cost is distributed. All the produce will be packed together at a central facility and the marketing and logistics will be done together while each farmer will be compensated based on his own yield.
The management team would help in all stages of the operation: planning, designing, education, implementation, post-harvesting, packaging and primarily running the farm with experienced hands until it is profitable. The advantage to farmers would be to minimize their costs and risks, increased production, sharing of knowledge on skills in agriculture, post-harvest techniques to help identify the best yield with regard to best quality, second quality, open markets, and brand recognition. We bring to the table Israel’s agriculture experience and innovative technologies to enable proper management to farms that will drive growth upward to become sustainable and profitable farmlands. The structure of management would be under two verticals, one for Vegetables (short term or quicker turnaround), and the second for fruits (long term). The crops can be tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, leafy vegetables, and other vegetables suitable to local or export markets.in addition, fruits like avocado, pomegranate and other niches like poultry and fisheries.