Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Right amount of GAP is great!

In the past year, we have received several questions around best practices and methodologies. To some, we have been able to respond contrasting our experiences with their unique situation and circumstances. However, Savera Farms is in the learning phase as well. We lean on advice and materials from those who have tread this road before us and have several years of experience on us. This posting is a growing collection of references we have used around GAP - Good Agricultural Practices. All of this is in the public domain and freely available.

  • GAP in Indian context. Very extensive guidance on various aspects of farming operation setup and procedures, including plantation crops. Click here 
  • Comprehensive study on Indian produce export potential with details on production, post-harvest management and grading requirements for various international markets. Click here
  • Key stats on the state of Indian agri. Interesting, detailed and with detailed trend analysis which shows we may be loosing our agriculture lead to other countries in many areas. Click here 
  • Overall cultivation, harvesting and packaging GAP. Focus on fresh vegetables and dairy. Has a self assessment section, aligned for American producers but applicable for India as well. Click here
  • Fairly recent publication on Indian Poultry and Egg Production Industry. Not in depth on GAP, provides high level recommendations. Lists key industry indicators and contacts. Click here
  • For those in Paddy, this Thai govt document seems pretty comprehensive Rice production SOP (standard operating procedure), includes record keeping templates. Click here

If any Agri-Consultants decide to leverage this material or contents of our blog, please do not charge aspiring agri-prenuers for such information. Please remember you got it at no cost so pass on the favor. It's just good karma! We have heard of some unscrupulous types leveraging our images & documentation for profit. :-(

In the meanwhile, hope you enjoy the following picture, it certainly rings true and close to home at Savera Farms! It is a true labor of love.

All materials are copyrighted by respective publishers. Enjoy the read!


  1. Dear Kaustubh,

    I can sense that your new venture is probably going to be in Layer farming.

    Unlike plantation crops, the livestock will keep you very busy and will consume a lot of your time.

    Being a Poultry farmer, i request you not to opt for cages method for laying hens. it is cruel and unethical. Deep litter method should be feasible for you.

    Good luck & regards,
    Mohammed Muneeb

  2. We were evaluating layer farming. Visited a couple of farms in Namakkal. It is not only capital intensive but very time consuming as well. Moreover, farmers are selling eggs below the NECC rate and margins are minimal. We are not considering this anymore.

    1. You should go for Desi Chicken in free roaming style provided your farms does not have vegetables and has fences in all sides. This will help you to generate good income with minimal expenses as well as keeping the farm worms free.

  3. Good idea. Where does one get desi chicken from? What kind of shelter do they need ?

  4. You should go for any Desi Chicken like Aseel, Kadaknath etc. Also be aware many of the birds in our country are NOT named at all and hence you should be able to get it from any village market.

    A basic shelter (a raised platform is better) should be good enough and this will not cost you much. Once you are comfortable with the chickens you can go for permanent shelter based on the returns (both monetary and indirect benefit like keeping the environment clean (eating worms) and additional benefit like excreta)