How Hyderabad’s Kishore Konda and Sreedhar Rao Puvvada straddle the IT world and farming


Their typical weekday begins earlier than dawn; Kishore Konda and Sreedhar Rao Puvvada are up by four a.m. to go to their ardour venture, Prithvi Farms, at Bhuvanagiri, about 50 kilometres from Hyderabad. After overseeing the day-to-day duties at the farm, they head to their office — Pramati Technologies. It hasn’t been simple fulfilling the commitments of their IT job in addition to farming, however they’re decided to provide it their finest. Since they started farming three summers in the past, they’ve been cultivating heirloom rice, millets, pulses and native greens.

Heirloom rice

The farm grows Bahuroopi, Narayana Kamini, Navara, Kurakar and Ratnachodi rice varieties, pulses resembling pink, inexperienced and black grams and cowpea, and foxtail, kodo, finger and little millets. Sourcing seeds of native rice varieties could have been a problem initially, however of late, the duo has given away seeds to different farmers who’re concerned about cultivating these rice varieties in about 200 acres of land.

Prithvi Farms cultivates 5 heirloom rice varieties  
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Colleagues-turned-friends Sreedhar and Kishore had been concerned about farming over the previous few years. They spent nearly two years visiting farms in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh throughout weekends and speaking to almost 70 farmers. “A lot of people discouraged us, many others motivated us,” says Sreedhar.

While many corporates who took to farming in the final decade relied on ancestral land to provide fruition to their farming goals, Prithvi Farms started on a 11-acre plot of land, leased with pooled in financial savings: “Initially there were four of us, then two friends opted out. The first year was tough since we didn’t have any experience in farming,” Kishore concedes.

They plodded on with an curiosity in chemical-free farming, adopting the strategies steered by agriculturist Subhash Palekar. “Vijay Ram of SAVe (Social Advancement Ventures) Foundation, Hyderabad, has been a mentor and helped us with seed varieties,” mentions Kishore.

Kishore Konda (centre) with friends who visited the farm

Kishore Konda (centre) with mates who visited the farm
 
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Sreedhar and Kishore wish to check out built-in farming, additionally specializing in poultry, quickly.

They’ve additionally carried out farming occasions, inviting mates and prolonged household to have outings at the farm and take again hand-picked produce. In addition, they’re related to Shamanyu Global School, the place they’ve carried out workshops on pure farming.

Natural farming

Word of mouth publicity has helped them discover extra takers for his or her produce. “There are more than 1000 employees in our company. Knowing that we do natural farming, colleagues showed interest in buying grains and vegetables harvested from our farm,” says Kishore.

Corporates trying their hand at soil preparation

Corporates attempting their hand at soil preparation  
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Sreedhar and Kishore are wanting to assist different farmers who’re eager on chemical-free farming. “It’s hugely satisfying to educate others in natural farming methods that’s good for our health and the soil. So far 20 farmers have come forward to take up natural farming and we are happy to support them, from seeds to natural fertilizers, and helping in selling their produce where they are at liberty to fix the price. We want to help farmers who’ve moved away to take up odd jobs, return to farming and follow sustainable methods, and in turn convert as many acres as possible into fertile fields of local crops,” sums up Kishore.

(Prithvi Farms will be contacted via their Facebook web page and @prithvifarms on Instagram)

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