Thanx for the comments.
I was bit away during the weekend so couldn't reply.
No of teak trees per acre - i think about 250 trees per acre is fine. I have seen some plantation where more than 250 trees per acre are planted, but they are still young, may be at the age between 5-10 yrs. So have to wait for another about 10 yrs to give a conclusion on this. In our case also we have grown it with coconut. So i cant give a precise answer as to what the no of trees per acre should be.
I'l tell you, the best person to contact is forest department. Coz they have enough experience in this, plus, their plantations and the trees are good.
Try - 1920, help desk on agriculture. Through this you will be able to get contact no of relevant forest dept officers.
Yep, this is also one of the theories of management of workers, where you get them engage on profit sharing basis, give they some land area to do their own cultivation & get some earnings.
Thing is this, none of these theories are proven correct at all the times.
I would share some of my experience as follows.
Even if you think of some other cultivation, there should be adequate water available for that. Coz i'm talking about dry zone. Anyway there are areas like Kurunagala, some inside areas of Galle & Matara, where you can have some water sources & also where coconut can be planted. However, land prices of these areas would be bit high as well.
In my case, there is a lake adjoining the estate. When we bough it, we had to plant many nurseries. So we did that and found a person who was willing to cultivate vegetables there. So asked him to cultivate even the whole land if he wants and get the entire profit. We made a small house as well. Actually he was doing it for some times and weekly we got some fresh vegetables as well.
The main benefit for us was that, as he waters the vegetables, the coconut plants also gets the water & actually the coconut plants in that area came up nicely. He then bought another 2 men (his brother & a friend) for cultivation as he extended it. However, after about one or two months, these three people have had a problem among them and one person had put some poison(pesticide) to the curries while he was cooking. Then they were hospitalized and luckily nothing happen to their lives. However, their after they didn't come back & it was the end of the story.
After some times father bought a tamil family. (im sharing my experience, hoping that you would get some thing out of it) They did nothing other than killing & eating the cocks n hens that were in the estate. So they were simply chased out. after that another two three families were there. They don't stay a long period n will encounter SOME SORT of problem. This is what i wanted to say. We can't predict them.
Even i'm interested at engaging in Eco tourism. We all know that tourism and related industries are developing well. So i hope there will be good prospects in this sector.
I forgot to mention the fertilizer subsidy, when i listed some subsidies available.
Also, i forgot to tell the Coconut development board, where you can get the plants. Its good that u mention it.
I wud share some ideas about harvesting and fertilizer, bit later.