Farmer Friend: Tips when you’re getting online groceries

Grocery shopping is one of the essential tasks on a weekly or monthly basis. It is that time where families buy food, as well as the items needed for their homes and at work. Grocery stores all over the world have their branding and differ from the layout and goods being offered compared to others. This is why some people get attached to their grocery stores and prefer to shop there all the time because they are already familiar with the aisles. 

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed our day-to-day life and made it harder to do normal tasks including grocery shopping. This is why the practice of online shopping for clothes, supplies, and food has been popularized to stay safe. Here are some tips on how to shop online:  

  1. Order ahead of time
    – Shopping in the comfort of your home and while using a handy app doesn’t necessarily mean shopping for groceries online is easy. Due to the pandemic, more and more people resort to online shopping and so high internet traffic is a possibility. It is best to order ahead of time to avoid late deliveries, or running out of supplies.
  2. Learn how to use the store’s apps and online platforms
    – For those who aren’t well-versed in technology such as mobile apps, it may be a difficult transition to try using an app or accessing a grocery store’s website. In this case, it is a good idea to first be familiar with how to use the apps and learn the corresponding details such as payment details, how to order, navigation, and delivery process.
  3. Be patient and understanding
    –  When you shop for groceries online, there will be designated shoppers to get your items which will then be delivered by another service. It is important to be patient with this process because the store can run out of stocks and the delivery time could be delayed due to a high number of customers. These people are also trying to do their job as quickly as possible. Be sure to thank and tip your shopper and driver as well.

Farmer Friend promotes its motto “Happy People, Healthy Food”, which is fitting for the amount of service they have given for the past century. Their business supports local products and aims to source healthy, organic foods to promote health and wellness to their customers. They also have many partnerships with local, independent businesses that also promote the same message. Some of these partnerships include: 

  • Avalon Dairy Organic Milk
  • Black Bear Coffee
  • Dakini Tidal Wilds
  • Enerchi Kombucha
  • Finest at Sea
  • Haliburton Community Organic Farm
  • James Bay Honey
  • Lone Tree Bakery
  • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
  • Longview Organic Farm

How to take care of farm animals

How to take care of farm animals 

Managing your own farm is one of the most difficult tasks to do because there’s a lot of things to take care of. You need to be thorough about how you look after your crops and animals to make sure that they will grow healthy. 

One of the most difficult tasks in having a farm is taking care of animals. You need to tend to them regularly, make sure their needs are met, and of course, keep them in optimal condition. If you’re curious to know more about taking care of farm animals, here are some tips from Farmer Friend you can use!

Invest in top-quality equipment 

One of the most important things you should consider when taking care of farm animals is investing in equipment that can keep them in good condition. They may come as costly, but the benefits they give are long term and can really help your animals to thrive well. 

For example, if you have horses on your farm, make sure they have high-quality shoes to protect their hooves. Similarly, if you have cows, you should invest in milking equipment that will help harvest milk. 

Make sure they have an ample amount of vitamins 

One of your jobs as a farmer is to make sure that your animals are healthy. Giving them enough vitamins and minerals will ensure their health as well as their well-being. You have to be sensitive about your animals’ health so you can avoid bigger expenses in the future. Moreover, visit animal nutritionists to gain knowledge about issues that may be plaguing your animals. 

Keep your animals separated from each other 

Farm animals are susceptible to diseases. When kept in enclosed spaces, they can easily transmit viruses to each other, making them vulnerable to illnesses that can weaken their immune system. 

If you have space, separate your animals into different compartments to prevent the spread of possible diseases. If you think one of your animals is sick, isolate them in a different place so they won’t infect the others. 

Moreover, always update their vaccinations to make sure they won’t easily catch diseases. 

Make sure they have good shelter 

Having a good shelter is one of your top priorities as a farm owner. Make sure that your animals are contained in durable and well-maintained cages to ensure comfort. Additionally, don’t clump them in one space so they can have an area where they can move around. 

Given them the medical attention they need 

One of the things you need to invest in when you’re taking care of farm animals is their health. Regular check-ups and meeting with veterinarians can help you identify if your animals are suffering from any illnesses. Moreover, it can help with the early detection of any health issues. 

Get Quality Seeds for Your Farm

Get Quality Seeds for Your Farm

Feel free to choose from the wide array of seeds we offer at FarmerFriend. You’re guaranteed to get the best quality seeds. Our prices are some of the lowest in the market today. Check our site from time to time to get the best discounts on imported and local brands.

For the full list of our items, get in touch with us and we’ll get to you as soon as we can. If you want great quality products and equipment for your farm, you can find it here.

Featured Seed Products

See our seed products sourced from the leading farming companies in India like the Sakura, Presley and Demand Agro brands. The prices listed on this page are inclusive of VAT and subject to change without notice.

  • Imported Turnip PTWG (Sakura Seeds) – ₹40.00
  • Tomato F1 Raksha 165 (RK Seeds) – ₹30.00
  • Tomato F1 Hybrid Shiva (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Tomato F1 Hybrid Mohit (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Summer Squash F1 Nancy (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Ridge Gourd F1 Disha (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Palak/All-green spinach (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Okra F1 Damini (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Okra/Bhendi F1 Hybrid PSI 31 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Lettuce Red Grande (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Lettuce Iceberg (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Lettuce Angelina (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Kohlrabi Champion (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Hungarian Hot Pepper Yellow Wax (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Green Peas Thai 101 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Drumstick F1 Hybrid Dharma (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Dolichos Beans Kirti (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cucumber F1 Noora (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cucumber F1 Hybrid PSI 131 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Coriander Letizia (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cluster Beans Krishna (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Chinese Cabbage (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Chilli G-4 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Chilli F1 Punita 3242 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Chilli F1 Nisha 212 (RK Seeds) – ₹30.00
  • Chilli F1 Nagma 513 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Chilli F1 Hybrid PSI 121 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Chilli F1 Agni 7282 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Celery (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Cauliflower Himanshi (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Carrot Kuroda Imported (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Capsicum Yellow F1 Kanika (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Capsicum F1 Radhika (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cabbage – Goldy 55 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cabbage – Golden Acre (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Cabbage F1 Hybrid PSI 81 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Bullet Pepper/Chili – F1 Sizzler (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Brinjal Purple Long F1 Hybrid PSI 61 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Brinjal PPL (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Hybrid Brinjal Long F1 Siliguri (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹40.00
  • Brinjal F1 Sakura 371 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Brinjal F1 Hybrid PSI 63 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Brinjal F1 Hybrid PSI 61 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Brinjal F1 Harsha (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Bottle Gourd F1 Sakura 44 (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00
  • Hybrid Bottle Gourd F1 Das Long (Demand Agro Seeds) – ₹40.00
  • Bottle Gourd F1 Hybrid PSI 52 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Bottle Gourd F1 Hybrid PSI 51 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Bitter Gourd Priyanka (Solar Seeds) – ₹30.00
  • Bitter Gourd F1 Hybrid PSI 42 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Bitter Gourd F1 Hybrid PSI 41 (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Beetroot PSI 21 F1 Hybrid (Presley Seeds) – ₹50.00
  • Bajji Chilli F1 Jyoti (Sakura Seeds) – ₹42.00

Important note: All our seeds are fresh products. To ensure freshness, please use it immediately. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks only. Make sure to follow the detailed instructions at the back of the seed packets.

At FarmerFriend, we test out all the brands we feature on our site. This is to ensure the quality of our products is up to high standards. You can rely on us for the best organic and hybrid vegetable seeds in the market. Start your dream farm today!

Crop Products We Offer

Crop Products We Offer

India is known as a farming powerhouse in the world. With a huge portion of its area dedicated to farming, the whole country’s farming industry is poised to grow and flourish in the coming decades. Here at FarmerFriend, we have come up with an online platform that will directly connect the farmers to the consumers. There are no middlemen involved in the process.

They earn the entire profit for their harvest, and you get high-quality products from our local farms. That’s truly a win-win situation. We offer a wide range of items for our customers. You are guaranteed to get the best and fresh products available in the market. See our list below. 

Crops Found in India

Did you know that half of India’s residents are farmers? Much of the residents in rural areas are reliant on farming as their primary source of income and livelihood. The agro-climates in every region of the nation are diverse that can cater to the cultivation of different crops. The crops can be divided into 3 categories based on the cropping season. The major crops of India are divided into 4.

In this page, you won’t only get a list of products, but you’ll gain a better insight into the local produce of India. We want to inform our readers and buyers about what kind of products we offer every season. You’ll discover that there is much to learn about these crop products.

Read below for the crop categories grown in a specific season and the main crops in each region.

The crops are grown during 3 main cropping seasons, namely, the Kharif, Rabi and Zaid. There are certain crops ideal for every season and a particular region. Cultivating diverse crops helps sustain the health and productivity of the soil.

  1. Kharif (summer/monsoon crops)

Crops are sown from June to July and are harvested from September to October. These summer/monsoon crops are usually planted in the following regions:

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Kerala
  • Maharashtra
  • Odisha (in its coastal regions)
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Telangana

The main crops are:

  • Cotton
  • Groundnuts
  • Jute
  • Millets (Bajra and Jowar)
  • Maize
  • Red chillies
  • Rice
  • Pulses
  • Soybean
  • Sugarcane
  • Turmeric
  • Urad
  1. Rabi

These are the winter crops that are reaped in the spring. They are sown in the last week of October up to December and are harvested from April to June. It mainly consists of the following:

  • Barley
  • Gram
  • Mustard
  • Peas
  • Sesame
  • Wheat

The main regions where these crops are planted are in:

  • Haryana
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Jammu
  • Kashmir
  • Punjab
  • Uttarakhand
  • Uttar Pradesh
  1. Zaid

These crops are sown and harvested between the Rabi and Kharif season which is from March to July. They are planted in most northern and northwestern states. The crops usually grown during these months are:

  • Fodder crops
  • Seasonal fruits such as the watermelon and muskmelon
  • Vegetables like the bitter gourd, ridge gourd and pumpkin

Main Crop Products

When it comes to dividing the major crops, they are categorized into food grains, cash crops, plantation crops and horticulture crops. 

Rice (food grain)

Rice is ideally grown in temperatures between 22 to 32°C with high humidity. It needs around 150 to 300 cm. rainfall and a combination of clay and loamy soil to grow and thrive. It is a staple food crop in India that’s why you’ll see that many of its states are producing rice. Placing second to China, the country is the next largest rice producer in the world. The top Indian states with the highest number of rice production are:

  • West Bengal
  • Punjab
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Bihar

There are 3 rice crops (Aman, Aus and Boro) grown every year in the states of Assam, West Bengal and Odisha. One-third of the cultivated land in India is devoted to rice. Other states that grow rice are Gujarat, Haryana, Kashmir Valley, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. There are a few government efforts that promote rice cultivation such as the National Food Security Mission.

Wheat (food grain)

There are two ideal temperatures for sowing and harvesting. When planting wheat, it’s best to plant at a temperature of 10 to 15°C. The best climatic conditions are between 21 to 26°C with bright sunlight for ripening and harvesting. It requires around 75 to 100 cm. of rainfall, which is less than the rice, and well-drained loamy or clay-loamy soil.

The Green Revolution of the 70s contributed to the increase of Rabi crops, especially wheat. It is second to the rice and considered a Rabi crop. The north and north-western part of India considers it as their main food crop and second most important cereal crop.

The top states for producing wheat are:

  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Punjab
  • Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Rajasthan

Millets/Nutri-cereals (food grain)

These Kharif crops are planted during warm weather, ideally between 27 to 32°C. It strives in alluvial or loamy soil and requires around 50 to 100 cm. of rainfall. There are three types of millets, or coarse grains, that are widely grown in India and these are the Jowar, Bajra and Ragi. They have high nutritional value and are mostly used as food and fodder. 

As dryland crops, they are low-maintenance and can be cultivated easily in soils with deficiencies. The top states that grow Jowar are:

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Karnataka
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Tamil Nadu

The main regions that cultivate Bajra are:

  • Gujarat
  • Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Rajasthan
  • Uttar Pradesh

Out of the three popular millets that are grown in India, Jowar has the highest production and is cultivated in more areas. The Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets is an example of the government’s programs for the increased and sustained production of millets.

Pulses (food grain)

These crops are legumes that are highly produced in India. The country is considered as both its highest producer and consumer in the world. They thrive in temperatures ranging from 20 to 27°C and with rainfall around 25 to 60 cm. They are best planted in sandy-loamy soil.

Pulses are great sources of protein for vegetarians in the country. Gram and tur (arhar) are regarded as the most important pulses produced. These crops can help restore the health of the soils by providing it with nitrogen from the air so they are planted in rotation with other crops. Other pulses grown are masur, moong, peas and urad.

The top states that grow them are:

  • Karnataka
  • Madya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Rajasthan
  • Uttar Pradesh

Maize (food grain)

India ranks seventh in the largest producer of maize worldwide. Also known as corn, they are mainly used as food and fodder. Requiring a temperature between 21 to 27°C and high rainfall, this cereal grain grows best in old alluvial soil.

It is widely grown in the following states:

  • Karnataka
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Telangana

Cotton (cash crop)

Cotton has many uses in India. They are an essential fibre crop and its seeds are used as vegetable oil. The fodder of milk-producing cows includes cotton to increase their milk production. Modest rainfall and high temperature (between 21 to 30°C) are required for its optimum growth.

The ideal soils for cotton are the black, alluvial and laterite soils. It is a Kharif crop that grows well in frost-free environments. The top states that produce cotton are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Groundnut (cash crop)

India considers the groundnut as a vital oilseed. Coming second to China, it is the largest producer in the world. It’s both a Rabi and Kharif crop and thrives in temperatures between 20 to 30°C with around 50 to 75 cm. rainfall. They usually grow in well-drained light sandy loam soil or red, yellow and black soils. They are mainly produced in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Sugarcane (cash crop)

India produces millions of tonnes of sugarcane every year. It’s a native product of South Asian countries. It grows best in loamy soil that can retain water. Calcium, nitrogen and phosphorus must also be present in the soil. They are mainly produced in:

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Goa
  • Gujarat
  • Karnataka
  • Kerala
  • Maharashtra
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pondicherry

Coffee and tea

These are the two main plantation crops produced in India. The country produces and consumes the largest amount of black tea in the world. It also ranks high in the top producer of coffee worldwide.

Why Choose Us?

There are so many benefits to buying local products. It is better for you and the communities of small and marginal farmers in India. There are many issues faced by the farming industry, but we make sure to do our part in making a sustainable change in this sector.

We highly appreciate your support, not just for our cause, but also to the entire farming community especially to the local farmers that are located in poor rural areas.

You can get these great products and more on the FarmerFriend site. You can contact us directly for the complete price list for single and bulk orders. Head over to the contact page for the details. Let’s continue to help the farmers by supporting local products.

Help Out the Local Farmers

Help Out the Local Farmers

Half of the population in India relies on farming as their source of livelihood. But with the recent issues arising from the three market-friendly bills, which two are already passed in the upper house or Rajya Sabha, it will greatly change the current farming practices in the nation.

To be able to sustain their way of life, we urge you to read on and see how you can help out our local farmers and their livelihood. Together, we can make a difference. Our team at  FarmerFriend aims to provide a platform for them to strive and grow and a chance for the farming industry to flourish in the years to come.

You can explore the rest of our site to see the available products. Become a friend of farmers today. Contact us for more details.

Agriculture in India

58% of the residents in India are farmers. Agriculture accounts for 25% of the nation’s economy and 60% of its labour force are in this sector. Considered a backbone of the economy, the sector is distinguished for its diverse cropping system sustained by the country’s amount of rainfall, soil condition and temperature. The major crops produced in India are rice and wheat, but there are other crop varieties available such as:

  • Oilseeds
  • Sugarcane
  • Potatoes
  • Pulses
  • Non-food items like coffee, cotton, jute, rubber and tea

The country is also ranked in the Top 10 fishing nations in the world with a total of 3 million metric tons of fish caught every year.  With its large contribution to food production across the world, India has a robust agricultural sector. Its main features are:

  • Largest land area for cotton, rice and wheat production
  • The biggest producer of cotton, farmed fish, rice, sugarcane, wheat and other food products
  • The biggest producer of milk, pulses and spices

Though there’s been a decline in the number of farmers recently, the land area for cultivation has steadily increased to covering half of India’s total area. With the high growth rates of the services and industrial sector, agriculture’s share has been reduced to only 15% of the nation’s economy in the present time.

This sector has been projected for major growth in the coming years, but it’s faced with countless challenges that have plagued it for decades. Since half of the nation are farmers, a huge portion of their population is located in rural areas. 70% of India’s poor are in these areas and are dependent on a rural income.

To combat these problems, the nation must come up with plans and laws to create a productive, sustainable and diverse farming industry.

Challenges and solutions

  1. Increasing land production per unit of land

The sector makes up for a huge portion of the nation’s economy and total land area, but it has low yields compared to the world’s standards. Another problem that affects land production is improper water management. There’s a limit on water resources in India – with farmlands having to contend with the increasing demands of the urban areas and industrial sector.

If they can come up with a plan on how to properly manage the water resources available, then all of the present cultivable lands can be farmed. Other measures to increase the production are:

  • Increasing yields with new and improved methods in farming
  • Changing and branching out to a variety of higher value crops
  • Designing value chains that will help reduce the marketing cost of the crops
  • Improving water resources and irrigation management
  • Promoting the use of new technologies
  • Reforming and strengthening the research and development of the nation’s agriculture
  1. Production and distribution of high-quality seeds to farmers

The most vital factor for higher crop yields is the seed. It may be small, but it is critical to the growth of farm production. The National Seeds Corporation (NSC) was established in 1963 to combat this problem, but it’s not just about making quality seeds available to the farmers, but to produce a variety of seeds suitable for the different climates of India to diversify the crops produced.

  1. Limited access to manures and fertilizers to replenish the soil

Poor farmers don’t have the means to afford the use of fertilizers for their lands. Manures and fertilizers are highly needed to keep the soil healthy and nourished to become cultivable for years to come.

The government handed out incentives to farmers for the use of chemical fertilizers, resulting in an increase in its consumption. They have also put up fertilizer quality control labs to maintain its quality. But the use of these chemical products has resulted in another problem – environment pollution.

  1. Along with the sector’s growth, there must also be an effort to address the food security needs of India.

During the 70s and 80s, India saw an increase in food-grains and demands for rural labourers due to the country’s Green Revolution of the 1970s. This helped the government to combat the threat of famine and reduced rural poverty.

Agricultural growth slowed down in the 90s and 2000s and the Green Revolution wasn’t able to completely eliminate the threat of food scarcity. Lawmakers now have to change the existing policy and make programs and policies that are actually viable for the present demands of the agricultural sector.

  1. Lack of farming technology for use by small farmers

A large portion of the country still uses manual operations in farming. This is the case for most small and marginal farmers who are forced to farm using their hand and other simple tools like the sickle and wooden plough. To prevent the waste of labour, the use of new farming technologies and equipment are needed.

  1. Reducing poverty through rural development

On top of the improvement of the farming practices in the rural areas, it’s also crucial to provide the locals with other non-farming jobs that will allow the poor communities to have sustainable livelihoods and reasonable income.

Protest Against the New Farm Bills

India’s upper house recently passed two of the three market-friendly laws that will ease the regulations on sale, pricing and storage of farm goods. The bills have resulted in dividing public opinions, but farmers see them as an injustice giving a chance for middlemen to gain more and for big corporations to exploit them. Currently, the farmers took to the streets and started protesting against the bills.

Ways to Help the Farmers and Their Communities

Farmers are the key to combat hunger and poverty in the country. Here are some ways to help them.

  1. Preserving and taking care of our natural resources and environment.

Efforts must be made to create farming practices that are in sync with the local ecology. Farming can only be sustainable with a healthy and thriving natural environment.

  1. Create and inform the local farmers with sustainable farming techniques

For small, rural farms, organic farming and permaculture are much more sustainable. The government and non-profit organizations should unite to provide programs where farmers can learn sustainable farming practices.

  1. Keep the soil productivity for sustainable crop production

Making fertilizers and other compost materials available to farmers will help them keep a healthy soil for the cultivation of various crops. Access to high-quality seeds is also vital to sustaining the production of crops in different regions.

  1. Putting up rainwater harvesting systems and irrigation systems

Since water resources are limited, creating effective irrigation systems for farmers to access water for their crops and rainwater harvesting systems are crucial.

  1. Providing support through community-specific programs

Every farming community has a different need. Tailoring and designing programs that cater to these specific demands will help them succeed. No plan or program is a one-size-fits-all solution.

Practical Tips to Support Your Local Farmers

You may think that you don’t have the capacity to help out our local farmers. But you can and you must. We’ve put together a list that’ll give you a chance to support them even in small ways. Any action from you will make a difference in their lives.

  • Buy from a farmer’s market or your local market

Avoid going to the grocery store when shopping for produce. Huge supermarkets mainly go through middlemen and the profits are divided. A farmer’s market or local ones get the products they sell directly from the farmers. They’re able to earn a full profit from their crops.

Getting your vegetables and fruits directly from the farmers will give you the best and fresh batch of produce to enjoy. Avoid haggling prices because farming is not an easy job, and it takes hard labour to reap harvests.

  • Buy from special online shops

You can find a number of online sites these days that offer produce straight from the farmers. It’s cheaper and there are more items to choose from.

  • Enjoy a meal at farm-to-table restaurants

Taste delicious meals made from locally-grown produce. You’re guaranteed to get quality food at a reasonable price and you’re given a chance to try out local flavours.

Here at FarmerFriend, you can get locally-grown quality produce at a cheap price. See the rest of our site for our great offerings.