To optimize yield per acre, the experts at Prium Agro, devise a Cultivation Strategy for any land depending upon the size under cultivation, weather of the area, type of soils, crop cycle etc, by mixing and matching various crops every year. Besides stabilizing revenues, this strategy helps in mitigating risks too, although we get the crops insured.
Some specific crops, which we cultivate in our various locations, are as follows:
Cashew (Anacardium occidentale), having tremendous domestic and export markets, is grown in mainly coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Being the third largest producer and exporter of cashew in the world, India is the second largest consumer of cashew and also the biggest processor with highest acreage under the crop, with its current cashew production accounting for 23% of the global production.
The King of Spices, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), is one of the important spice commodities of commerce and trade in India since pre-historic period. Cultivated mainly in Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka, India is its second largest exporter in the world.
Mono-cropping, the new trend of cultivating Black Pepper, raises the yield by four times while reducing the cost of production, thus making it more profitable crop. Moreover Indian Black Pepper commands high price across the world due to its excellent quality.
Coconut (Cocosnucifera) has high market demand as its copra and coconut oil are widely used in the manufacture of soaps, hair oil, cosmetics and other industrial products, and its husk is widely used in the coir industry. The tender nut supplies coconut water, a popular thirst quencher of health and has high hygienic value, beneficial in increasing immunity.
Virgin coconut oil (VCO), extracted from fresh coconut kernel is abundant in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, thus making it the ‘mother of all oils’. Traditionally grown in states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Goa, and Pondicherry, more states like Madhya Pradesh and North East have emerged as non-traditional areas for its cultivation, making India the major producers of coconut.
Prium Agro cultivates some regular food grains too in large chunks of land, to get a ready market for maintaining a regular revenue flow, as some other high-value crops take a few years to give consistent harvests.
Amongst others, we cultivate Wheat, Rice, Macca, Pulses as per the climate and soil of the area under cultivation, especially in the first few years, while the other crops grow.
In order to create a basket of products, Prium Agro also cultivates Vegetables, regular as well as seasonal, which helps in getting instant revenue along with hedging against some unforeseen circumstances. At some places, Vegetables are cultivated as intermediary or filler crops also.
Amongst others, regular vegetables including Ginger, Okra (Lady Finder), Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes, Cauliflowers, Brinjal, Cabbages, Green Chilly etc are cultivated in farmlands managed by Prium Agro in various locations.
Teak (Tectona grandis) plantations in India has arisen as a response to the growing demand for housing and furniture-grade timbers, of which teak is the most valued. India is one of the largest producers of teak in the world, but the supply does not meet local and international demand.
Typically as teak takes longer time to grow, the specialist agriculturists at Prium Agro plant teak along with other cultivations to get value from the farm as well as consistency in revenue earning, thus making it a viable option as an inter-crop. It is grown at our land holdings in Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa, and Karnataka.
Considered as ‘A poor man’s timber’ Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) is one of the commercially cultivated crops in India, with its production being second highest in the world after China. Bamboo is a cash crop having low gestation period, faster growth and gives economic recurring returns, generation after generation.
The year round heavy demand of bamboo come from its usage in furniture, handicrafts, fencing, supporting material in agriculture, construction purposes, panels and particle boards, pulp and paper, biomass production, making musical instruments and others/Also, bamboo shoots are consumed as food and are considered good source of nutrition.
Sugarcane is one of the multi-product cash crop of India, as it is the main source of producing sugar, gur and khandsari, as well as provides raw material for manufacturing alcohol. Since last few years tr demand for sugar cane has been rapidly increasing as it is being used for renewable energy (production of ethanol), which is being used as a replacement of fossil fuels as they are fast depleting.
Our in-house agriculturists scientifically choose sugarcane varieties, planting methods and distance, time of planting, techniques and frequency of irrigation, fertilizer management and integrated weed, insect-pest and disease management, as these are critical practices to increase sugarcane productivity and reducing the cost of production, thus increasing profits.
Herbal Medicinal Plants
With an estimated market of Rs.50,000 crore, growing at a rapid rate of 15% per annum, cultivation of Herbal Medicinal Plants is a good business preposition in present times as more and more people are shifting to natural products for disease prevention and cure.
Herbs and aromatic plants are used in the manufacture of ayurvedic medicines and personal care products by companies like Dabur, Himalaya, Natural Remedies, Patanjali etc.
We at Prium Agro take pride in cultivating herbal medicinal plants including Turmeric, Ginger, Safed Musli, Amla, Ashok, Guggul, Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Kalmegh, besides many others, thus promoting ancient Indian science of Ayurveda and helping cure millions worldwide.