Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bridging farm to fork gap - season 2 !


Last year, if you recall, we marketed over 10 tons of fresh mangoes directly from farms. Produce was cleaned, ripened, graded and packed and sold directly to consumers and corporates. After a phenomenal success, we are planning to increase our capacity to 30 tons for 2015 season. We are also exploring the option of a small cold storage to enable extended shelf life.

With the receding rains, flowering should start in the coming weeks. Yield is expected to be good in 2015 due to favorable monsoons. If you would like to partners with us, in an effort to bridge the farm to fork gap, do get in touch with us - info@saverafarms.com.

We are seeking to do transact directly with farmers within 150 Km from Chennai who are cultivating Imampasand, Alphonso and Banganpalli. 

Let us make the coming season a 'fruitful' one for all of us!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cowpea as foodder!



Our goat herd has been steadily growing over the last one year. There have been more than 80 births and the kids are growing at a steady rate. Initially, we used concentrate comprising of Maize powder, daal, groundnut cake for accelerated growth. However, often the mix was adulterated with mud, salt etc. The feed was not only inferior in quality but also expensive.

So in the last few months we stopped using concentrate and augmented our fodder acreage. Currently, we give a mix of CO4, sorgum, maize, agathi, subabul (and mango leaves during pruning). The latest addition has been Cowpea. This grows well under rain fed condition.

Interestingly, cowpea has a lot of health advantages ranging from controlling blood pressure to having anti-aging properties. Of course, this does not apply to the goats since we are harvesting leaves and not seeds. You should be careful not feeding leaves that have been infected with leaf eating pests. We noticed that often goats experienced a rather nasty round of dysentery after feeding on infected leaves.