I am Mandeep Singh from Village Ashakpura, Punjab. I am a graduate and I work as a senior manager in Yes Bank. In my family, I have my wife and my son in the family. I have taken up farming as a hobby. However, I wanted to do something different in farming and hence after initial doubts I took up poly net house farming technique. Now I have achieved considerable success with poly net house farming. I do farming on 41 acres of land in which 16 acres are mine and rest is on lease. The poly net house which I have is spread over one acre and I grow Seedless Cucumber, Tomato, Capsicum, Coriander and Spinach in it. On another 2 acres I grow Peas, Okra and Pumpkin. It takes 4 months for crops to mature in poly net house vegetables, so this means three times crops can be grown. For all the vegetables, I use seeds of East and West Company only. I use organic fertilizers only. On 1 acre, I grow wheat for household uses. On the remaining land, me and my brother grow paddy and wheat jointly.
I started poly net house farming 2 years ago and the total cost for setting up was Rs. 1850000 for one acre and I got Rs. 750000 as subsidy from the government. But the poly net house can yield an income of 5 to 6 lacs per year. I have employed a permanent work force for the poly net houses work. I have modern agricultural implements such as Tractor (Farmtrac 60 ETI), Trolly, Bed Makers for Poly Net house, Leveler, Seed Grill, Rotavator and Ripper.
I want to take up Peas farming on the large scale. I have started with Marigold plantation as well this season and if I find it profitable I plan to do it on large scale as well.