One sector that got undermined with the advent of new-age technology and innovation is that of agriculture. People, particularly the talented ones, started migrating to metros in search of better options, jobs!
Then started the story of shrinking farmlands and, subsequent, lack of manpower in the agriculture-sector. The ever-growing population of this vast country kept posing a pressing demand for increase in agricultural produce. People, of course, need food!
At a time when the Indian youth was sceptic of the hardships to be incurred in case one ventures into agriculture, Akash Chaurasiya from Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, decided to expand his family business of Paan (betel leaves) and come up with a scintillating idea of multi-level farming. He is associated with Unnat Krishi Abhiyan Parishad these days.
This idea brought him laurels and Chaurasiya was selected, amongst 578 entries from all across the globe, to pitch his idea in the National Agripreneurs’ Summit held organized by Entrepreneurs Association of India in Mavalankar Hall, Constitution Club of India recently.
Chaurasiya, an under-grad, said he had no potion for quick success but was firm when it came to the basics. He fondly calls this “organic” farming as no chemicals are involved in the entire process.
Speaking about the need of improvised farming techniques, he said that our ever-growing population can wreak havoc in face of reducing farmlands. Feeding large populations is not that easy, he added, attributing the same to scarcity of water, advent of pests, weeds and climate change.
Elaborating on the methods involved, he said crops like ginger, green vegetables and papaya can be planted on the same plot simultaneously. He said that one can generate annual profit of Rs 4-5 lakh by investing Rs 8 lakh on every acre of land. He said that the method involved very less investments.