Covid-hit job market lands MBA professionals in agriculture
Palakkad: For the brother-sister duo, Naveenkumar (24) and Divya (22), from Villoonni region of Eruthenpathy in Palakkad, farming is not something new. Agriculture is the main source of their family’s income and it was with the revenue from it, the duo pursued MBA from Nehru Institute of Technology, Coimbatore.
However, their dream of finding a job was shattered by the pandemic and they had decided to try out their fortune in agriculture. Till then, they never had a plan to venture into farming and it was a turning point in their life. The siblings started farming snake gourd and bitter gourd on experimental basis. With sheer determination and relentless efforts, they finally harvested 300 kilograms of snake gourd and 50 kilograms of bitter gourd from a half-acre land. It motivated them a lot to go ahead with farming and now they experiment new ways in farming. Recognising the efforts of Naveenkumar in farming, the Villoonni Krishi Bhavan honoured him with ‘young farmer award’.
It was during the first lockdown period in India, the family of the duo relocated from Tamil Nadu to Palakkad. They then bought seven acres of land and parents got involved in cattle rearing and coconut cultivation. It was after taking inspiration from this, the duo experimented farming and succeeded in it. Now nothing could keep them away from farming, even a job, said the duo.