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Landless Bihar techie scripts farming success

Ajay Kumar, Hindustan Times  Muzaffarpur, August 05, 2013
First Published: 00:37 IST(5/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:38 IST(5/8/2013)

He does not own an inch of land in an area where land ownership is considered a precondition for prestige and prosperity.

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Yet, farming is the greatest passion of his life. Technically, this farming entrepreneur from Muzaffarpur town, north Bihar, qualifies as ‘landless’. So, does Ujjwal Kumar live in penury? Not quite.

Kumar, 24, a technology graduate from a modest middle class urban background, has turned land taken on contract into a money-spinning proposition.

Within two years of taking to this vocation, Kumar earns anything between R 75,000 and R1 lakh every month through his farm produce and agro-product.

His success has become a source of inspiration for many educated and unemployed youths, who have been queuing up at his door to know the ‘mantra’ of his success. He has also inspired many landowners.

When he completed his bachelor of technology course in IT from MGR University, Chennai in 2011, Kumar said he had many job offers.

“But I was determined to take to farming,” said Kumar.

So, he took two acres (one acre = 43,560 square feet) on contract from the head of a monastery at Sirisia and sowed turmeric and elephant foot yawn (ole, in Hindi). He has now extended his operation to 70 acres. Borrowing money from friends to cover the farm input cost, Kumar used his knowledge of technological advancements and hybrid variety of seeds.

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