– To try and develop Indian rural sector by participating, doing things efficiently, learningand passing on our knowledge to others. It will start with farming and then will be branched outinto microfinance, education, health and any other new avenue that we may come across.
– Currently we need a plan to kick start our venture. Following are the prospective areasthat we need to research on and check out the feasibility:
Floriculture – The idea is to grow exotic flowers with an initial focus on the domesticmarket and then scaling things up and exploring the export market.
Vegetables – Growing season and off-season vegetables. Catering primarily to thedomestic demand
Spices – Not sure, need to explore
Medicinal Plants – Not sure, need to explore
Dairy – Running a cattlefarm and supplying milk to the local brokers and then moving onto become a distributor gathering milk from the local
Essentially covering the basic requirements for running an agri-business.
Place – First basic criterion is familiarity with the place which leaves us with four optionsnamely, Kota, Sikkim, Patna, and Hyderabad.
Legal issue like land acquisition. We will start with leased land but for scaling upwe may need to acquire land. There may be some domicile issues.
Local Environment – Local farmers and businessmen and in general the localcrowd should at least not be hostile to our venture, if they are not friendly.Basically looking for a congenial environment to start the venture
Local Market – There should be healthy domestic/local demand for our product.Demand need not be very close but should be in 3-5 hrs proximity by road. For eg: kota doesn’t really have a big flower demand but jaipur (4 hrs) and delhi (5hrs) do.
Climate/Soil – Flowers require very specific climate conditions like ample sunlightand low temperate with high humidity. We plan to do things under a poly houseto minimize climate dependence. However if the outside climate is favorable our