“After shifting to the city, I put on a lot of weight, and my health was getting ruined more and more by the day,” he recalls. “I felt out of place in the job. Now, back in the village, I am physically active, taking care of my father’s farm.”

Youth excited about organic farming

His decision to move back to his village was mooted by his interest in agriculture from childhood. But it was not just agriculture that he was interested in. Unlike his father, he did not want to use chemicals in the farm. Instead, he chose to implement organic practices. “I saw many YouTube videos which talked about the perils of chemicals such as urea. That shifted my perception, and I decided not to produce food from chemicals,” he explains. The young farmer built a farm pond and started aquaculture. The water from the pond is diverted to the paddy field and vegetable farm.