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Posted at: Apr 16, 2017, 12:08 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2017, 12:08 AM (IST)

In conversation with his land

Deepti Verma in Chandigarh
In conversation with his land
Amit Talwar, 30, had thought he was cut out for computer engineering. He became one, passing out from the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology. Some years back he decided to put his land in Tohana in Fatehabad district of Haryana to some good use. Today he calls himself a farmer.

“Being educated, I am open to ideas. This helps me to diversify,” he says. “I have 3-4 acres under organic farming. If I had farming background, I would have been resistant to experiment. I am happy a lot of farmers have taken up organic farming.”

This has not been easy. “I faced a lot of difficulty as I was not aware of the nuances of farming. I found dealing with people tough. Labourers would misguide me for their profit. I fired those who cheated me, but later I suffered.” Six years into the venture, Amit developed his own network.

He took up teachers’ training course in natural farming in 2012. “I learnt how to use natural fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides to boost yield,” says Amit. He currently uses organic produce for personal use but plans to slowly transform the entire area into a self-sufficient organic farm.

Amit finds himself better off than his batchmates. “For me, time is more important than money. I have time to be with my family. I find my farm far more alluring than the concrete buildings of multi-national companies,” he says.

“Human decisions are based on emotions and to be satisfied with your decisions, you need to be emotionally balanced.” You guessed it right — Amit is far more satisfied with what he has.

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