There are plenty of examples that show agriculture offers a viable way to harvest success and grow a sustainable future. Ironically, youths often shy away from agriculture while weighing career choices. Thankfully there are exceptions to it. Kalinga TV chatted with a young and educated farmer who loves farming more than anything else.
Meet Ranjan Kumar Beura, 25, of Kuspangi village under Banki block in Cuttack district who loves to experiment with different farming techniques. After completing Plus II, he joined a multinational telecommunication company and currently he is working as its area sales manager. Though he earns enough from his job to meet his expenses, this doesn’t stop him from taking interest in farming.
“Hailing from a farmer family, I know the nuances of farming since childhood. I cannot resist myself from being involved when I see my father and grandfather working in the field. I started farming independently on 4 acres of land when I was just 15 as it was passion for me,” the educated farmer intimated.
Asked whether he has faced any embarrassing moment during his life as a farmer, Ranjan said, “I have been growing paddy, beans, okra, cauliflower, pointed gourd and bitter gourd on my land and earn a profit of around 2.5 lakhs per annum. When I took up farming independently, I faced a lot of hurdles and sought guidance from elderly people and neighbours. Sometimes, their advice was useful but often they failed to work. Later, I came to know about Reliance Foundation Information Service (RFIS). I contacted the resource persons there and they tipped off me to tackle the issue. RFIS is a digital platform that works to enrich lives of the marginalised community of the country through guidance on agricultural issues.” “I had raised pointed gourd and long beans over an acre of land. But suddenly, the roots were affected by fungus causing withering of the plants. I was set to suffer massive losses. I followed the methods suggested by my co-villagers to check the plant deaths, but failed. Left with no option, I called the RFIS toll-free number and the experts prescribed some methods. I could check the outbreak of the disease by applying treatment recommended by RFIS experts and save the remaining plants.”