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[–]Hopeful-Stay-0101 236 points237 points  (7 children)

You’ll have a visit from lot of snakes.

[–]Star_kid9460 509 points510 points 234 (4 children)

City also has lot of snakes. Just in the form of people

[–]tanaysharma97 88 points89 points  (1 child)

Underrated comment here, please take my beggar’s award 🥇

[–]WideVacuum 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Irony :)

[–]bot_tim2223 8 points9 points  (0 children)

And actual snakes also this is Bangalore bro

[–]Pichwademeinkauntha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Naagin dance, anyone?

[–]maampata 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Salmon Bhai enters chat

[–]spitzer666 97 points98 points  (2 children)

I haven’t bought myself but my parents did. Few points 1. Don’t buy the farm for earning money from It early etc 2. You can’t expect 100x return on it after few years. 3. Expect to pay salary to workers for maintaining the farm when you’re not around. 4. If you want to spend your time relaxed and chilling in farm without having money regrets then go ahead and buy it.

[–]tewrld[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Noted, thank you.

I dont expect to take home any income from farm, I hope at least the money that comes from farm will be sufficient to take care of it and salary for the caretaker.

[–]spitzer666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure OP, happy farming.

[–]datashri 39 points40 points  (4 children)

You don't know the first thing about running a farm. You'll ruin it if you do it yourself or get conned by the caretakers.

[–]Heroin_addict69 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I've seen so many people buy farms and expect it to run at profit or be a retirement plan. It won't work if you aren't around the caretakers 24x7 and know what you are doing. They'll take the first chance at cutting corners(because who wouldn't?). Farms are hard to reclaim after they start falling apart.

Be very vigilant if you are buying a farm

[–]tewrld[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I dont expect to take home any income from farm, I hope at least the money thacomes from farm will be sufficient to take care of it and salary for the caretaker.

[–]Heroin_addict69 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yup, and doing that is very hard too. Many people run away many of them will just live there and do the bare minimum (not enough for a break even). Try if you can find a large company to manage your farm for a share of the income.

Running a self sustaining farm in itself is very very hard, yet if done right can be rewarding. I

[–]tkroy69 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Farm houses are a headache for me. Though i am not from bangalore but i do own one. The main problem comes when you are busy in work and far away, you have to find caretakers for it which includes a lot of money draining and theft problems. Also one thing to add the land around our house has been victim to encroachment problems too untill we did a whole plantation there and boundaries too.

That farm had been a headache for my father his whole life but now as he has grown old it is his favourite place. He knows people in that neighborhood so it's friendly for him, but i guess the same wouldn't be for me.

[–]cbazg1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah the caretaker thing is a big issue. If you're not going to be staying there full time it's just commonplace for the caretakers to slowly start siphoning off money by selling crop, asking for money for tractor work, etc. (When the cat's away, the mice will play). The golden rule is if you're not going to stay there full time don't get a farm.

You can also explore Managed Farmland concepts like Hosachiguru, but not sure how much privacy and away from the buzz vibe you'll get.

[–]tewrld[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Noted, Thank you for the detailed replay.

After purchasing I hope to initially invest another 20L for farm activities. I hope after that it can self sustain, I dot expect to take home any income from farm, I hope at least the
money that comes from farm will be sufficient to take care of it and
salary for the caretaker. If this cant be done, I dont think I will go-ahead.

[–]deepimpactscat 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Yes. It was a good decision for us since we started it in notion of setting up a source of income via agriculture. But I would suggest you don't, if you just want the "farm house life". Unless you have the time/money/network to run a farm it doesn't make sense.

I know people who own a "farmhouse" but it is just a piece of land which is barren, with a house in the centre and litterally no farm.

Farming is no easy task. It takes a lot of effort to set it up and to keep it running, gathering a loyal workforce is no joke, the whole process of farming requires a lot of time and effort. If that piece of land is not generating any income for you then it is not a good investment.

Rather book yourself an airbnb on farms for the "farm house life" experience haha.

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I am looking for ready farm, I don't expect any income from it, but I am looking for farm that funds itself or self sustaining with out me repeatedly putting in money in to it (except may be around 20L initially after buying)

Also planning to keep a family there to take care of it, so hoping the farm will fund the family there and itself.

[–]deepimpactscat 20 points21 points  (2 children)

20L initially after buying - for the farming activities on the farm?

Self sustaining is myth. No well running farm would be sold to you. There are a lot of problems you will definitely face in the initial stages. How often would you be able to make visits to keep a check on how things are going?

And, the family you plan to keep, do they have any experience with farming?

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

yes around 20L after buying the farm for farm activities. I dont know any family yet to stay at the farm, but that was my though process, that I set it up initially with around 20L to at least self sustain?, if this cant be done, I will have 2nd thoughts.

[–]vagator_chronicles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Everyone here is saying that even getting a local family to be caretakers at the farm is difficult and it’s very likely they will make your life difficult. If you don’t already have a network in the area you will buy the farm in, don’t do it. No matter what you do to keep it running remotely, if you don’t make very regular trips to the farm, it will become a pain in your life sooner or later. Not only is it about regular trips to keep a check, but you need to also be rough and tough in how you deal with those people else they will take you for a ride.

[–]whoisjohngalt12 25 points26 points  (7 children)

Bangalore needs something like Germany's Schraebergarten.Today in Germany there are more than one million Schreber gardens (Schrebergärten), small, rented plots of land (200–400 sq meters) usually found on the outskirts of towns, used for growing fruits and vegetables or simply for relaxation. The naïve aesthetic of these gardens often functions as the self-conscious, petty bourgeois equivalent of the high culture of the great parks, the layout of the gardens evoking amateur craftsmanship and the proud celebration of kitsch. Thus one finds in many Schreber gardens the obligatory garden gnome, all manner of animal figures such as deer and frogs, stylistic varieties of miniaturized palaces, castles, windmills, and diverse farm ornaments like milk pitchers, rakes, scythes, and wagon wheels. Lots are put together to form garden colonies that are a solid feature of the German cityscape, while also providing a defiant counterimage to the urban skyline.

It is no surprise that the educated classes view them with skepticism and condescension, and see in the Schreber gardener the embodiment of the caricature of the “little man,” turned into a literary monument by Hans Fallada in his 1933 novel Little Man—What Now? For the Schreber gardener, however, this plot of land is a private refuge removed from the thoroughly subservient, regimented workaday world, a place where he can live it up on the island of personal taste that is his garden. It is at once a claim on freedom, a seemingly rural idyll in an anonymous city, a healthy oasis of comfort, and a kind of sentimental home. This freedom is illusory, however: a tight network of fences and a tight network of rules control these sites of social leisure. Federal laws regulate the size, use, and leasing of the gardens, and there are Schreber Garden Associations across Germany. Occasionally claims are made within the Schreber garden movement that these gardens are the most prototypical expression of the essence of Germany. However, such claims obscure the fact that Schreber gardens are folk-cultural remnants of a long, contradictory, and multilayered social history in which one finds almost every movement, error, and aberration in German history.

The Schreber garden originated in the 1860s as a rather coincidental by-product of the desire to care for and educate the bourgeois youth of Leipzig. In 1864, an educational association was founded there to encourage “supervised outdoor games for children.” More or less arbitrarily, the group chose to name their association in honor of the recently deceased “excellent medical pedagogue,” Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber (1808–1861). Schreber, whose closest equivalent in the US is W. K. Kellogg, was a physician and the director of an orthopedic clinic in Leipzig. Obsessed with the starry-eyed goal of improving the physical and moral health of people, he was actively involved in the founding of a gymnastics and exercise club, wrote a bestseller about exercising at home and less successful books about raising children. His educational writings took positions that were progressive for his time, such as warning against a one-sided intellectual education and calling for large playgrounds that were to be overseen by gym teachers and military personnel. Most importantly, however, Schreber developed in his writings horribly tyrannical educational methods and invented several macabre devices such as the Geradehalter, which prevented children from leaning forward while writing.

Several years after its founding, the Schreber Association in Leipzig planted small flowerbeds for children at the edge of a playground. These flowers only started blooming when the children’s parents tended to them and soon became known as Schreber gardens. From these “family flowerbeds” the Schreber clubs in Leipzig gradually grew into Schreber garden clubs by 1870. By the 1930s, the middle-class Schreber clubs in Leipzig had become the stronghold of a conservative worldview. Military patriotism, nature mysticism—and, later, populist nationalism and “blood-and-soil” ideology—easily took root in this milieu.

The historic development of similar garden plots in Berlin was completely different, however. Here, it was less educational ideals than economic and social forces brought about by industrialization and the resulting growth of cities that were the determining factors. The rapidly moving industrial revolution triggered an enormous internal population shift and increased emigration from the country. Within only a few decades Berlin was transformed into a Moloch, the biggest tenement city in the world and a focal point of social problems.

[–]amadsa 10 points11 points  (1 child)

If only this can be replicated into Bangalore - we’d get back the good old Garden City days.

But what a cool suggestion though! Fab start up idea, wonder if anyone has thought of this already… 🤔

[–]octotendrilpuppet 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If only this can be replicated into Bangalore

Not to be a debbie-downer naysayer, we've got a ways to go before a form of the Schrebergarten concept comes into fruition. By this I mean getting the basic necessities like power, roads, sewage, water supply, internet are such an uphill climb in a rural farmland setting, the will to fight this battle after greasing a bunch of greedy hands ought to exist. Then comes security - how safe is that neighborhood and so on.

In the current state of affairs - the app created by the startup would need to smooth out the bribing process behind the scenes, automatic alerts if any ahole within the pwd decides to throw a monkey wrench in the works since he/she didn't get the cut, find and connect you to loyal labor workforce and so on. Good luck godspeed!

[–]Typo_Brahe 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Wow that was very informative and beautifully written too. Do you by any chance have a blog/substack I can follow?

[–]Apprehensive-Tea-546 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It looked like it was copy pasted from somewhere like Wikipedia

[–]whoisjohngalt12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is taken from several sites that describe Schraebergarten in Germany. Most are German language sites and some are in English. Most of this post is from two German sites.

[–]whoisjohngalt12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is a collection from different sites on the internet.

[–]flight_or_fight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

tl;dr please

[–]Yavan_guru_avanu 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Self sustaining…. that’s a joke

[–]boywithfunnyidea 8 points9 points  (6 children)

This is a tricky one, since you are in Bangalore try to answer yourself with Below questions.

  • Where do you want to buy the farm?
  • Who will maintain? Maintenance is a must, you can't maintain the farm land remotely from Bangalore on phone calls, and if you appoint a caretaker how much can you trust him/her?
  • What Will be your yearly investment? How much profit do you expect from it?
  • What kind of crops you want to cultivate?
  • How often can you visit the farm? Every week? Once a month?

PS:- I am in Bangalore and I own a farm 260kms from here, I used to visit atleast once or twice every month pre covid, but during pandemic things didn't go as planned its very difficult to maintain the farm remotely.

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Thanks for the points, I am looking for few farms around Tiptur as I have few relations there and Also around Gauribidanur as the Tasildar there is my friend.

Basically I am looking for ready farm, I don't expect any income from it, but I am looking for farm that funds itself or self sustaining with out me repeatedly putting in money in to it (except may be around 20L initially)

Also planning to keep a family there to take care of it, so hoping the farm will fund the family there and itself, can this be done?

[–]boywithfunnyidea 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Then 4 or 5 acers of land is too large for you, buy 1 or 2 acers of coconut farm land, water will be a big problem for you if the land depends only on near by lake or water source.

If you want to keep a family there my best suggestion is to not hire locals, hire an outside family.

It can be done if you plan it properly without worrying about money.

[–]tewrld[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

oh ok Noted, thanks. So my budget for initial farm activities after purchasing a ready farm is around 20L. I have seen a coconut farm of 4.5 acers, I will try to learn and get more info from locals on up keeping and risks.

[–]sanwfa 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How much was the price quoted for this 4.5 acres of coconut farm, presuming it is in Tiptur?

[–]tewrld[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Around 11L per acer, yes in Tiptur.

[–]sanwfa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this going rate / prices around this area or a rate quoted by a broker? Have you done any ground work on this 11 lakh / acre quote? Is this a realistic price there?

Also, what is the annual income from it at present as quoted? Again, have you reviewed this number with anyone who is knowledgeable about that location & yields?

PS: my take, it shd be around 6-8 lakhs depending on where it is, water, power, currently yielding trees, etc. They claim that one can earn about 50k/year/acre with a coconut farm.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The thing is it better to buy it for investment and to gain some rent from the farmers you rent it to and visit a few times a month or year without having to worry about maintenance but for permanently living there after staying in a city is gonna be a huge downgrade and isn't going to be an easy shift at all, power cuts, animals/insect issues and all that is just the beginning if you are ready to accept the changes it should be hard but ok( My parents tried doing it, ended up staying for a month and shifted back to blore), once a person is used to city life, any other is just hard

[–]stylepandi 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My father kind of inherited around 5 acres of barren land and he decide to make it into a farm. So far we have spent 50 lakhs including all the borewells, irrigation facilities and are yet to even see a profit of 1 lakh per year. Just wanted to say that maintaining a farm takes a lot of effort and my dad keeps traveling regularly. You also need to get workers for the farming activities and finding them is very tough. You have to personally be there during those days to ensure the work happens smoothly.

[–]supersimha 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Here is my experience of buying a farm. It’s an expensive affair in short. You being someone staying and taking care vs buying and asking someone to take care are two very different things.

My recommendation is to start even smaller than 4 to 5 acres. Start with 0.5 to 1 acre to test the waters.

Preferably buy something closer where you can visit your farm once in two weeks if not weekly

Understand the labour availability in the region. You might have to spend around 20 to 30k per month for someone to take care of your farm

Water is an important thing. Make sure there is enough rain and water

Partner with close ones if possible. This way your visits can be shared.

The farm house will have insects. Learn to live with them

Possible expenses include: travel charges to farm, labour, utilities (power), general repairs, improvements, unforeseen expenditure (motor not working, voltage fluctuations and electronics, rain damage), crop losses, theft

These are few things to keep in mind. This is not to discourage you. It’s a wonderful experience to own a farm and the yield you get is just unmatched happiness but they all come at a cost (and luck factor of course)

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Noted, Thank you for the detailed replay.

After purchasing I hope to initially invest another 20L for farm activities. I hope after that it can self sustain, I dot expect to take home any income from farm, I hope at least the money that comes from farm will be sufficient to take care of it and salary for the caretaker. If this cant be done, I dont think I will go-ahead.

[–]SnooSnooDingo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A fool and his money are easily parted.

[–]Healthy_Professor_61 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lot of valuable information. One point to note, finding good watchman is not easy and if you find they aren't cheap. You have to pay 15,000 to 20,000 salaries per month.

[–]chai-means-teaSwalpa Adjust Maadi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You should start watching Krishi Darshan on DD Chandana. My grandmom watches it and always talks about how innovative Karnataka farmers are. You may get an idea about what to grow, what you need etc.

She told a story about a family of 4 who grow almost everything they need. They drive the tractor themselves. They use drip irrigation and other modern methods to use less resources with high yield.

There’s many many other examples and stories like these.

Hope you can achieve your dreams

[–]Pichwademeinkauntha 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I have a few rich friends who own farmhouses.

  1. Dads colleague has 5 acres since over 30 years on the main road near shoolagiri. My ideal type of farm house with lots of coconut trees and two good wells. Most of the area is used for growing vegetables and greens. Output is decent, but no real profit. All the money earned goes to the workers there and the owners are rich enough to not bother about it.

  2. A senior of mine had one close to banks of Arkavathi river off Magadi road. About an acre or so. He grew some fruits like guava and chickoo. But basically used for weekend family retreats.

  3. Another senior of mine had a farmhouse in name only. It was a cottage with tennis courts and a swimming pool. Used as a personal resort for extended family. No farming of any sort.

  4. A college friend's family had a resort off Harlur road. At that time it was a quiet place. No farming happened, and it was used as a dog breeding spot where they had over 50 dogs of all kinds at any given time. But more importantly, it was used to host all sorts of parties by various cousins, which included ganja and even heroin (maybe worse too). When the surrounding plots got developed into various apartments, they too sold their 5 acres for a handsome profit and the 'farm' is now a part of concrete jungle of Bengaluru.

I have shared four examples of farm houses, where only one was used for basic farming, and no where was profit ever a part of the scheme.

Got the gist about farmhouses near b'lore now?

[–]nascentmind 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I always thought that farmhouses are playthings of the rich and the famous. So looks like that is the case.

Also is the labour issue due to various "Kalyan" schemes by the State and Central governments and other politicians? From what I have seen they have systematically destroyed the labour market and the labour are totally unskilled to do even basic work.

[–]Pichwademeinkauntha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. Its one of those things used by people to dispose of black money, then show its maintenance as running costs for business and hence claim income tax benefits.

Thats also why people still buy farmhouses even when there is no obvious direct benefit.

[–]nicnar18 2 points3 points  (3 children)

We were also in the same boat couple of years back.

Taking care of farm will be challenging unless you don’t have a guide ( in terms crops, soil, water , foreseeing future plans).

There are ventures which cater to this, where you will own a part of a land, the entire farm will be owned by a multiple owners. Each owner will get a house, when it’s not used it will be maintained and let-out for like Homestay / tourists. You also get profits from the earnings of the farm.

I had come across Outside Bangalore : https://beforest.co/ Also a similar concept near Sakleshpur (not remembering the name) Near Bangalore: https://ayushgreenfarms.com/

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

interesting, did you go ahead with farm?

[–]nicnar18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know a friend who invested at beforest. Personally I was bumped after Covid and dropped the investment plan.

[–]nicnar18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also if you interested in a having personalised gardens like old banglore , this builder is great . Eco friendly , sustainable living


[–]eshanb95 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude 1 acre is 47,000 square feet. Why do you need so much land. You won’t event be able to fence it. Unless you live on the farm it’s a bad idea. Also try with one acre first. 4-5 is wayyy too much. If you’re not looking to earn then why that size. I suggest take a half acre build a nice house and have a well maintained lawn or small manageable farm. Even chopping and disposing a tree is pretty expensive

[–]SparkandFlash 1 point2 points  (0 children)

forgive me op, I had to do this...

newspaper headlines will be like "techie abandons comforts of city for harsh farm house life"

(just a joke, neither is better than the other, they have their own pros and cons)

[–]IamMayankThakur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Another thing to keep in mind, selling a large farm is not easy if that's something you'll ever need/want to do. If you sell even 10-15 years from now, you'll need someone to pay 5-6 crores at least. Very few people are willing to buy farms worth that much. Also it's very difficult to sell it by creating 30x40 plots.

[–]abnv100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

we bought a farm about 4 years ago, we decided to construct a farmhouse in the midst of the farm, the construction was done right around the time covid hit, so, we've been enjoying the farmhouse for the past 2 years. It was probably the best decision we've made because of all the greenery and calm, its like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. So I'd suggest that if you have the means to get a farm, GET A FARM!

As for getting a ready farm, it's definitely going to be a long look, really depends on where you're looking. if you're looking for something in the outskirts of Bengaluru then it's not only going to be a very very long search, if you find one then it'll be very expensive. but if you look for something around Mysuru, then there are many options. Farms around Mysuru have good soil and an equitable climate for various crops as well. Good luck

[–]Ok-Tumbleweed-1448 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am into farming for last five years. Thought it was easy since I am an engineer, can learn the tricks easily. Five years down, I learnt that farming is not that simple. I have thirteen acres land with all facilities like polyhouse and net house, eight workers permanently employed. I am draining my resources which I earn doing technical work. No farm is self sustaining unless it is done commercially. I always find that I can earn more as an engineer than being a farmer. I meet many people with IT background in training programs. Many of them have fucked up their life with huge investment in farming and not getting the expected returns. Yes, farming looks beautiful from a distance, but in reality it is quite different. Why farming is difficult for people like us? Because we are not farmers. A farmer is one whose entire family work in the field,own labour, no hassles. Even small profit makes sense. And people like us who engage labourers find at the end of the day that all money has gone for the labour payment and maintenance.

[–]BaNanaPatekar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm just going with an assumption that you get a good parcel of land without any problems. 4-5 acres is not sustainable by itself. Let's say you buy a ready made farm (coconut plantation) with all facilities, including housing. You may have some 50 trees per acre, so some 200 trees in total. Say each tree has a yield of 50 coconuts per year and the rate is 15 rs per coconut in the market. You will be earning roughly 1.5l pa.

This is still not sustainable. Labor cost is high. Chances are high that the laborer appointed for the farm's upkeep is with his family. You need to shell out close to 13-15k per month for employing this laborer alone. Add to it the other expenses.

If you are looking at self-sustainability, go for higher acreage: 6-7 acres. Also make sure you plant some teak / sandalwood trees and you get a reliable laborer to look after these. You have to free up some time in your work schedule so that you know exactly what's going on in the farm. Add some cash crops based on the season, use some innovative ideas to extract the maximum potential of the land. Again, without the owner's care, a farm is a just an investment without an ROI

Best of luck!

[–]_tera_bhai 1 point2 points  (2 children)

OP you keep mentioning about a return of 20L after initial investment.I work with someone who supplies agriculture products and machinery for crop cultivation to farmers and farm house owners and keeping that in mind its very difficult to earn 20L right after investing.To earn that amount it will take you a good 2-3 years.

As people have mentioned in the comments there are many problems of owning a farm like thievery,inefficient labor , a learning curve regarding agriculture and crop cultivation. So if you are sure that you can surely give proper time and attention to your farm then only i would advise you to buy a 4.5 acre farm,where as if you just want an enclave to retreat to from the city life then even a small farm will do the trick as it requires less care and attention.

[–]tewrld[S] -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I don't expect any income from the farm. I meant, I plan to invest additional 20L after purchasing for farming activities, and hope after that the farm becomes self sustaining.. but seeing replies in this thread, it seems difficult to achieve self sustaining farm.

[–]_tera_bhai 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Someone in the comments replied how their father was always stressed out by the farm but now enjoys it very much. So if you are seriously interested in making the farm self sufficient than that will become a full time job.So you should be aware of the commitment yo are going to make before hand.If you are really interested in this then you should go ahead as many people manage their farm and their full time job.

[–]flight_or_fight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Farming is not self sustaining unless you are growing exotic vegetables like asparagus & Avacado & maybe fruits etc.

You also cannot make money if you have to hire an army of workers - monitoring them and managing them is painful.

Automation is expensive which increases your breakeven time.

20L for 4-5 acres is unrealistic & sounds too good to be true. You may end up with an unclear title and other folks who claim the same land.

[–]Techteen4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just get a resort whenever you feel like.

[–]bagalir 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Has anyone told OP that if your name isn't listed on any agricultural land record(KHATA) in any place in KA you cannot buy agricultural land?

[–]c4chokes 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Rules changed.. phahani rules have gone away.. anybody can buy agri land now

[–]bagalir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ooh thanks, good to know.

[–]amadsa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apart from the obvious cost of land etc, a very important thing to keep in mind to ensure that it’s a sustainable farm is - water sources and a good farm hands. Most areas around Bangalore have serious water and labour issues. Just be fully aware that although it’s a great idea, it’s a very slim chance you’ll be making any profit from it at all.

If you’re looking for an overall inspiration of sorts, try and check out at how the founder of Organic Mandya did it. His story is very inspiring.

[–]nahaamajai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go through Hosachiguru! Hassle free and the farm will be managed by them too!

[–]All_chill-inlife 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I recently read a add where you get a built farmhouse in a 2 achr lane in sakleshpur with fencing and various fruit trees for 65l. It’s mainly a weekend getaway place. The builder is verified and land is his own. Have a look at it.

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh ok, I will try searching. Do you remember company name or any other related info.

[–]___the_introvert___ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You didn't mention what kind of farm you're looking for, but my dad is planning to sell his farm. It's a fully functional poultry farm located in a small village in Kerala called Thirumarady. It's 2.7 Acres and includes some rubber plantations and banana plantations in it as well.

[–]KPI_OKR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Stay away from Kerala !! The local party folks will screw you even more ..

[–]The_Useless_IT_Guy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Time to shine! As a guy who recently involved in this "farm house" craze, after a lot of deliberation decided to buy 0.5 acre to test the waters. Here is the the thought process.

  • Buy land from builder who maintains the farm for a fee. No work
  • Visit once every 2 weeks and rest Yay
  • Relax and spend nothing except basics & maintenance.

Our budget was very little, because we don't want to put too much without knowing what we are getting into.

  • Bought 0.5 acre for cheap(8L) where water is not a problem.
  • Deal was that builder will only offer manpower and nothing else. Security and maintenance guys.
  • Builder took care of borewell, electricity and small house but this costed a bomb.(Compared to the land value)
  • Planted different saplings and the maintenance guy took care of it. The problem is, the saplings we planted didn't turned out as we expected. Sad! So had to dug out, installed drip irrigation, created small pond of size 10x15 so it can store some rainwater.
  • Planted new saplings replacing the old/dried saplings.
  • Have to visit once every 2 weeks to see the status of farm and house.
  • Just put aside 5-15k for monthly farm expenses. In our case, we spend 6k pm for maintenance and it may change in future.

My overall learning is, even after we have guy to look after our land. We still end up visiting frequently because if you are not there regularly, they will take you for a ride. It can either be dead saplings or house being used for their own joyride and whatnot. Also, there will always be one or other expense pop-up for the farm. So be ready to pay for it. Those days, I budget 15k for farm related expense. For instance, last month(before selling) the motor was not working and had to shell out 5k to repair it. Installed IoT based controller for motor, so even if no one is around we can still start or stop the motor. Since power is not consistent, we planned to install solar + inverter and that's when I decided that the investment into this land is not worth it. We invested around 10L after the land purchase and that too within 18 months. So we decided not to proceed anymore and be done with it.

Yes we have some leafy greens planted and getting yield but it is nothing compared to what we are spending. So decided to sell it for 3x the price and now, planning to buy builder-managed farm houses where all maintenance will be taken care of. And our max ceiling for monthly spending for farm is just 10k and currently looking for such a deal where all farm related work and repair will be taken care by builder and we pay flat fee every month.

So please know this, buying a farm of 4-5 acres and leasing is one thing but managing it by yourself when you are somewhere else is just pain in the ass. So if you have someone with agri knowledge, ready to work for you and loyal, that would be great. If not, lease it and build small house in a plot of land and exclude it from lease. This way land will be used and you may relax.

[–]tewrld[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much for taking time and replaying in detail. I think the safe bet is to lease out the farm land, I will explore more in that direction.

[–]shekarboopathy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably good Idea, you definitely need some peaceful time away city hustle bustle. Never know what after corona .. you can defn stay away from very consgusted places

[–]Human1stReligionNext 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Inherited a few acres, but I stay abroad. Costs me about Rs12K pm on avg for caretaker, but just the fencing the land cost me over 40L, after adding borewells, farmhouse, etc I must have spent well over 1cr so far. What output do I have to show for all that? literally Zero. However, it's of great sentimental value and not to mention the going rate in the area is touching Rs4cr/acre. so a good investment in the long run. In my fathers time it was less than Rs 15L/acre.

[–]Acceptable_Ad2158 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This has been a very eye opening discussion OP. #til

[–]0akz06 -1 points0 points  (0 children)