I am Muhammad Usman, 23 years old, from Pakistan. I am small agricultural farmer graduated from Arid Agriculture University Pakistan.
My project is about the production of off-season vegetables using tunnel farming. It’s an emerging business in Pakistan – off-season vegetable growing is done in the district of Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh.
From our study, the production of vegetables in the country is currently limited to certain time period during the year due to seasonal variations. However, due to the invention of modern agriculture and storage techniques there is an opportunity for growing a variety of vegetables in off-season as well. In this regard two options can be considered – the first is to store vegetables under an artificial environment. The second option would be to grow them off-season by tunnel farming.
Year round vegetable consumption is increasing in Pakistan due to changing food habits. In addition to local consumption in the country, there is an enormous export potential.
My motivation came from my friends who are growing off-season vegetables by tunnel farming. They have implemented this project at their farm and obtained high and stable yield. They have used walk in tunnel technology which need hard work for success. I have observed two tunnels closely and discovered that my friends invest less and obtain more yield during this project.
I am already working in a project entitled “Awareness of tunnel farming to nursery growers of Pakistan” and our objective is to facilitate potential investors in off- season vegetable production providing them with general understanding of tunnel farming business.
In my project different techniques and method of tunnel farming will be used. However, keeping in view the economical, technical and managerial factors, high tunnel off-season vegetable farming is suggested for the proposed project.
The business can be successfully carried in the district of Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad. The proposed project will provide direct employment to two individuals.
It costs much less to build than a greenhouse, usually about $5,000. Fruit and Vegetables Development project (FDVP) of the Punjab Agriculture Department has installed 45 tunnels in six regions of the province. The regions selected for tunnel farming included Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Toba Tek Singh and Rahim Yar khan. The farmers of 45 villages of these regions will be educated about cultivation of four vegetables (cucumber, tomato, green chili and capsicum) during off-season.
In a one year period, we can increase awareness of off season vegetable production within a large farming community. My cost breakdown for the whole project is roughly as follows:
Construction of tunnel: $2500
Construction of tunnel includes Plastic sheets, pipes and black mulching sheet.
Machinery and Equipment: $1500
Operational and Maintenance cost: $500
Awareness cost: $500
Blogpost and picture submitted by Muhammad Usman (Pakistan) –usdanish[at]gmail.com
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