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13242Re: [fukuoka_farming] creating markets for NF

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  • Nandan Palaparambil
    Feb 1, 2012
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      Here is the link of a couple who had left their job and lives from income from farming. They don't do natural farming, but organic farming, kids are home schooled etc..


      another report of the same couple in

      http://ananthoosupdates.blogspot.in/search/label/interesting%20folks - under the heading Extra ordinary couple


      From: Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...>
      To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 8:13 PM
      Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] creating markets for NF

      I 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
      definitely nosedive.

      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.

      Boovarahan S
      09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)

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