The plan presently is as follows:
1. Go and meet experts, make field visits and finalise the ratio of each fruit trees (out of the planned 10 lakhs) in the next two weeks.
2.As per our plans, the shortlisted trees are – kesar mango, cashew, sitafal, avocado, moringa, peru, dragon fruits, nimbu, pomegranate, papaya. (we have already checked mango, peru, papaya, pomegranate and cashew plantations )
3. Scientifically work out economics, plantation and fruition schedules and details of each of the above options.
4. Take around 100 farmers from Parli to Jain Irrigation and few other sites by the end of November for them to understand and see.
5. Start survey of farmers about which trees will they like and get their plans about taking care of the same – by Dec 15th.
6.Take orders from the farmers and place the order with various nurseries for the same – prefer trees that have a buy-back arrangement. The nurseries will also be contracted to look after the saplings till July 2019.
7. Start training sessions of farmers about how to grow and market the same, based on new knowledge and technologies.
8. In July 2019, start getting delivery of various saplings in trucks and unload at 3-4 different spots in Parli and ask the farmers to come and take delivery.
By 2020, create a marketing plan for all the produce.
Creating large-scale foliage and growing fruit trees in a complete taluka is a way-forward for tackling the poverty, suicides and misery in poorer talukas of India. If this succeeds, then it can be replicated across the country.