13241Re: [fukuoka_farming] creating markets for NF
- Feb 1, 2012I am excited to know different views but my basic question is this :
Forget about our basic needs or luxuries.
Let's assume there are two people , say adjacent farmers , each having the
same area of farm. One practices NF and the other chemical farming. If they
cultivate the same grain , say rice, and sell their excess produce at the
same rate , whose profitability will be more ? I am quite sure that the Nf
will give more money than chemical farming in such a case.
Acquiring wealth for the sake of luxury is a different issue . In fact it
is this mad race for quick money which helped chemical farming gain a foot
hold and became an octopus. Once being drawn into this vicious cycle
farmers find no way , no mental strength or determination rather, to come
out of the clutches of chemical farming.
Mr Karikalan sells his NF rice at Rs. 80/= per kilo while the chemically
grown superfine rice is available at Rs. 40/= per kilo in the open market.
Since there are just a few natural farmers , he is able to get such an
income. If natural farmers become the majority ( at least in future ) , I
don't think their produce will get such a high price since there will be
abundant supply of grains grown through NF. In such a case the prices will
My point is not against NFs gain more money but my idea is to sell produce
of NF at a lower rate since it is economically viable, and give produce of
chemical farming a tough fight , making people consume healthy grains of NF
and popularise NF and edge out chemical farming in the long run.
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