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Homa Farming Project in Soya Bean

Homa Farm of Prestige Feed Mills
Dewas, District: Indore
Madhya Pradesh, India

soybean

"In the year 2001 we began a Homa Farming project in soya beans in cooperation with Prestige Feed Mills, Jaora Compound, Indore. I and my two children stayed on the 'Dewas' farm for the entire season practicing Agnihotra and Om Tryambakam Homas."

"Using agro-chemicals the yield from the Prestige farm in the previous year was 350 kg per hectare. Using Homa Organic Farming techniques the yield in the current year was 1,800 kg per hectare."

"Other farms in the area averaged 700 to 800 kg per hectare. Nearest best result was 1,200 kg per hectare."

"Beans from Prestige farm were of superior colour. Roots of the plants from the Prestige farm bore twice the number of nitrogen-fixing nodules as those from the neighbouring farms."

Table 1. Shows economic comparison between the best Conventional agro-chemical farm and our Homa Organic farm.

 

Conventional practice

Homa organic farming

Part

Details

Units

Qty

Rate

Cost/bigha

Cost/ha

Qty

Rate

Cost/bigha

Cost/ha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seed

JS335

kg

18

12

216

810

18

12

216

810

Fertilizer

SSP

bag

2

115

230

862.5

 

 

 

 

Pesticide

Nuvacron

litre

0.1

300

30

112.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ploughing

Tractor

per hour

0.5

100

50

187.5

0.5

100

50

187.5

Sowing

Tractor

per hour

0.33

150

50

187.5

0.33

150

50

187.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dora

Bullocks

per day

0.25

400

100

375

0.25

400

100

375

Weeding

Labour

per day

5 men

30

150

562.5

5 men

30

150

562.5

Spraying

Labour

per day

1 man

30

30

112.5

1 man

30

30

112.5

Harvesting

Labour

per day

8 men

30

240

900

8 men

30

240

900

Threshing

Machine

per bag

3 bags

50

150

562.5

4.8 bags

50

240

900

Misc.

 

 

 

 

50

187.5

 

 

 

 

Agnihotra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

150

562.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Costs

 

Rs

 

 

1296

4860

 

 

1226

4598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yield

 

kg/bigha

300

850

2500

9562

480

850

4080

15300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

Rs

 

 

1254

4702

 

 

2854

10702

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit %

 

 

 

 

 

96.7%

 

 

 

232.8%

  • One bigha is 0.267 hectare or 0.667 acres.
  • Results are given per bigha and per hectare.
  • Yield in conventional agro-chemical farming was 300 kg per bigha (1,120 kg per hectare)
  • Yield in Homa Organic farming was 480 kg per bigha (1,800 kg per hectare)
  • Profit in conventional agro-chemical farming was Rs 1,254 per bigha (Rs 4,702 per hectare) or 96.7%
  • Profit in Homa Organic farming was Rs 2,854 per bigha (Rs 10,702 per hectare) or 232.8%

Homa Organic Farming in Soya Bean showed:

  • Less cost in production
  • Greater yield per hectare (more than 50% greater)
  • Superior economy.