This Engineer gave-up his Job for Full-time Organic Farming
An engineering and MBA graduate named Vinoth Kumar had given his co-operate job to give importance to organic farming. He realized the importance of organic farming and so he gave up his job. He is also providing valuable information about traditional farming methods to elder farmers in India and other parts of Asia through his documentary.
Here starts his motivating story:
The 32-year-old organic farmer is a native of Cheyyur in Chennai and started his organic farming in 2014.
“I come from an agricultural family. My grandfather was a full time farmer for more than six decades in Cheyyur,” says the passionate young man. But with the passage of time, many of his father’s ten siblings chose to migrate to the cities during the 60s and 70s. “My dad too was one of them. He worked as a principal in a school in Chennai,” he adds.
After completing electrical engineering at SRM University in Chennai and attaining MBA degree, he started working for a reputed corporate firm. But while everything looked smooth and perfect, something changed after the first four years of his employment.
“I had not thought about life and the future when I was in college. I didn’t have any pre-set goals. I was just working very seriously and everything was going well. But after four years of rigorous work, my life became very monotonous. I was working in shifts, sometimes 24X7, and was missing out on everything – I didn’t have time to meet friends or attend family functions. My father, who has already worked for about 35-40 years, is still very passionate about his job. But for me, it had been just four years and I was already so stressed. Something had to change,” says Vinoth.
To get a sort of relaxation from his tiresome job schedule he traveled across different parts of India.
“I was traveling just to know what’s happening apart from my life, how people are living in different parts of India,” he says.
Perceiving the miserable condition of farmers in India Vinoth shaped his vision in terms of doing something to improve the condition of farmers and to give much importance to organic farming.
Initially he started growing millets, pulses and oilseeds in his fields with the knowledge about farming acquired during his extensive travels, from his father, through training programs, and by volunteering in different fields.
“If a farmer stops chemical farming abruptly and moves to organic farming, there will be a drastic change in the final yield. The produce will be very less and the farmer will not be able to sustain himself. It takes at least two to three years to retain the same output. Organic farming is definitely successful and profitable but not in the starting years. That’s why I am introducing many new methods here,” he says.
By extending the organic farming to his village he was able to reduce the usage of chemical fertilizers in vegetables and he is also sharing the valuable knowledge about organic farming to other farmers.
“I tell the farmers that no matter what you do, just make sure that you maintain account books for every penny spent on farming — like money spent on purchasing seeds, chemicals, machinery, etc.”
“They have enough knowledge but it is not documented. I interviewed them and documented all that information. That’s when I thought that if just one Indian state had so much knowledge to unearth, the whole of South East Asia would have a lot more,” says Vinoth.
According to his opinion, our country can adopt the traditional farming methods followed in Laos and Vietnam.
“It is just passion that keeps me going. In the past, in spite of a nice salary, incentives, and perks, I was not satisfied with my job. Now, people around me are also affected by what I do and that keeps me motivated. I am satisfied now,” he concludes.
This inspiring story will create a deep impact in the minds of every Indians. If Vinoth can promote organic farming, Why cant we? Try to plant some vegetable saplings in the household premises and say good-bye to vegetables sprayed with chemical fertilizers and create a healthy living background for our future generations.
You can contact Vinot here.