Without waiting for white-collar job, engineering graduates start farming on unused land
Kaipamangalam (Thrissur): Instead of waiting for a job in the same field in which they are qualified, two youngsters have started farming as a livelihood. Kaipamangalam natives Vishnudath and Vishnu Ajithan are engineering graduates, but decided to begin the career in agriculture.
Vishnudath and Vishnu Ajithan are neighbours and friends. They completed studies in 2018-19, but could not find a job till now. Vishnudath holds a diploma in biomedical electronics and used to practice in a private hospital in Thrissur for some time. Vishnu Ajithan is a civil engineering graduate.
Though the duo were interested in farming, they could not initiate due to various reasons. After the lockdown was imposed, they could not continue job search. With this, they decided to start farming. First they had to find a suitable land. They found a vacant land in the area and sought permission from the landlords Haneefa and Gireesh.
On knowing their intention, the landlords agreed to lease out the 50-cent land for free. With the help of employment guarantee scheme workers, the land was prepared for farming. Their neighbour Mohanan offered all help for irrigation. The panchayat authorities provided seeds and saplings to the young farmers.
In the initial phase, the engineer duo cultivated tapioca, sweet potato, bird's eye chilli, okra and brinjal. If the experiment worked out, they are planning to continue with farming as a career. They are also willing to deliver organic vegetables to the expats who are in quarantine during the COVID times.