Increasingly, we are witnessing inspiring life stories of educated youngsters who are re-joining their family tradition of farming. Rohan Prakash is one such 23 year-old. Read his story!
For Rohit it is perhaps a family tradition to study engineering, yet never lose that connection with agriculture and the land. Like his grandfather and his father before him, he has returned to the land after passing out last year as a qualified civil engineer.
The major change he made was to make all processes on their farm, totally organic.
Says Rohan, “Having grown up seeing both my grandfather and father taking up farming alongside their professions, I was definitely inclined towards taking up agriculture. After observing farmland and produce quality for a while, I began to think about organic farming seriously. The idea sprouted in my head somewhere during my second year in college, and together with my father, we decided to replace all chemical fertilisers and pesticides with an extract of Neem oil.”
On their farm, Rohan and his father employ around 15-20 people from a low-income background belonging to their village to work on their farm, in various capacities and areas including harvesting, processing, packaging and even transportation.
The farm has also has peach and guava plants which are gearing up for fruition and Rohan expects these to be ready by December. He is extremely hopeful that the new fruits will find as much favour with his customers as have the mangoes and lychees they grow.
Besides a wide range of mango varieties including Dussehri, Langra, Chausa, Gulab Jamun and Safeda, the father-son duo have also been growing turmeric and paddy and hopes to begin a round-the-year crop cycle.
This feature and the photographs have been taken from The Better India; it is authored by Lekshmi Priya S. Read the entire story, here.