This semester is going to be more tedious and tiring as we are to raise quality planting materials and sale in the market for its eventual planting out. It is indeed a good opportunity for us as we are developing the skills of entrepreneurship but with monsoon season almost finished, so is the planting season. Therefore despite our repeated visit and urge to the concerned organizations who do plantation works, we could not find a good market. Now instead of wasting time in search of market, we have begin our work in the nursery with soil works. We were allotted with plots a couple of days ago so we cleared the weeds and started digging the compact soil.
The last time I worked in the field was some three years ago, back home where I join my parents in digging the field for growing potatoes. Today as I picked up the spade and started hitting hard on the soil, it was a sweltering yet interesting working experience in the sun. Yet its just a beginning and we have a long way to go. We have to sow the seeds of timber species and other fuelwood species, but as stated earlier due to seasonal constraints, we are planning to go with vegetative propagation. Then we have to perform various cultural practices like weeding, hoeing, transplanting, irrigation, etc, until we get the standard sized planting material.
After all, what we learn is more important at this stage rather than thinking about the overall success of the work, because in a short span of five months, its physically difficult, climatically unfeasible, and economically nonviable to carry out an entrepreneurship. we being a first batch of students following a new syllabus, what we do will be just a trial one and by the time our semester comes to an end, I am hopeful that we can leave a good experience for the teachers to carry out the same programme successfully in the coming years.
This is indeed going to be a good exexperience for me because, if ever I take a keen interest in establishing a Hi-Tech nursery once returning back home, quality plating materials can be raised easily for the welfare of fellow countrymen who are keen in carrying out plantation works, :)
Till then Save Forest, Save World.
|My Plot prior to digging.|
|Work Started, Action paused.|
|Single bed Half Done.|
|10m by 1m single bed ready.|