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Posted at: May 12, 2018, 12:50 AM; last updated: May 12, 2018, 12:50 AM (IST)

Rohtak youths quit MNC jobs for organic farming

Rohtak youths quit MNC jobs for organic farming
Young professionals Jagmender (right) and Amit, who have quit their jobs to pursue organic farming, at their stall outside Mansarovar Park in Rohtak. Tribune photo

Sunit Dhawan

Two professionally qualified youths of Rohtak district have quit their attractive jobs in the private sector to pursue organic farming. While Jagmender Kundu (28), who is BSc in Hotel Management, was working with Nerolac Paints as Territory Sales Officer, his brother-in-law Amit Ahlawat (28), a B.Tech in Electronics, was working with Ericson as Field Maintenance Engineer. Jagmender belongs to Bahu Akbarpur village and Amit comes from Kharkara village in Rohtak district.

“We were associated with Saket, a group dedicated to promotion of natural and organic farming without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. We used to create awareness and train farmers about different aspects of organic farming. Gradually, we started doing organic farming ourselves. We have now quit our jobs and are engaged in agriculture full time,” say Jagmender and Amit.

  They started with organic sugarcane, wheat and paddy on an acre. Encouraged by their initial success, they are now growing organic produce on eight acres at Shekhpur Titri village near Kharkara and also growing vegetables and pulses.

  They bring fresh produce from their farm and sell it outside Mansarovar Park in Rohtak town every morning. They are getting an encouraging response from the morning walkers and whatever they bring is usually sold within a few hours.

“We plan to start home-delivery of fresh organic farm produce shortly,” say Jagmender and Amit, who are connected with a group of nearly 12,000 farmers who train themselves online and offline by sharing their experiences and holding on-farm workshops pertaining to organic farming.

  But the road to natural farming was not easy for them as they decided to quit their well-paying jobs and chose the tough occupation of farming without the use of chemical fertilisers, manure or pesticides. They say that organic farming is far less expensive compared to chemical fertiliser-dependent agriculture, though it demands much more labour.

“People discourage us and advise us to use chemical sprays to have a good yield of crops. But we are committed to the cause of growing poison-free foodgrains, vegetables, pulses and other agricultural produce and supplying these to people, as it gives us a lot of satisfaction,” they say with much smugness.


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