Farmer, Planter, Crop Cultivator

Minimum ? No entry barrier, preferably 5th pass

Not required

The tasks a Mixed Crop Grower is expected to perform include:

Determining combination of crops to be grown after considering all the factors

Operating tractors and other farm machinery

Setting up and maintaining channels for irrigation

Repairing and maintaining farm vehicles, implements and mechanical equipment

Digging, planting seeds or transplanting seedlings using hand tools or machinery

Determining the selection and application of pesticides and fertilisers

Preparing manure by collecting and storing cow dung in a ditch

Applying pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers to crops

Participating in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops

Harvesting the crops according to the maturity period of each crop variety

Ensuring proper storage of the produce

Marketing and selling the farm produce

Knowledge of combinations of crops which can be cultivated together, according to their properties

Knowledge of crops that complement each other

Skilled in ploughing, cultivating, harvesting and other agriculture processes

Adept at operating farm machinery

Specialise in crop fertilisation, mineral nutrition, crop varieties, propagation and selection

Skilled in integrated insect, pest and disease management

Expert in optimal harvesting

Skilled in marketing and sales

Stays abreast with the latest development and technology in the field

Skilled in basic farm management

Skilled in irrigation management

Proficient in basic arithmetic


Expertise and hands-on experience in mixed crop cultivation

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Hardworking and persistent



Ability to negotiate

It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

May require supervising a team of other field workers

Part-time and contractual jobs may be available in some seasons

Local travelling may be required

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed Overtimeiscommonduringtheharvestingseason

Shift system may be involved according to the farm norms Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible.Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

Health risks include exposure to pesticides, fertilisers, extreme weather conditions, dust and equipment noise Occupational hazards include back/neck pains, injury to body and accidents while using heavy farm equipment

If the person is self-employed, profit will vary with the type of crops cultivated

For candidates on wage system - INR 90 to INR340 per day3

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Trends in Agriculture Sector4The agriculture sector recorded satisfactory growth due to improved technology, irrigation, inputs and pricing policies. Livestock, poultry, fisheries and horticulture are surging ahead in production growth in recent years and will have greater demand in the future. Industrial and service sectors have expanded faster than agriculture sector resulting in declining share of agriculture in national accounts. Despite the structural change, agriculture still remains a key sector, providing both employment and livelihood opportunities to more than 70 percent of the country's population who live in rural areas. The contribution of small farmers to the national and household food security has been steadily increasing.


Farm owners Agriculture co-operative organisation

Job openings are in Tier III cities5