At a time when youngsters hunt for white collar jobs, two young men has blazed a trail by resigning their jobs and started farming. Wayanad Meenangadi Mylambadi natives Binu Thomas (33) and Benny Thomas (34) are more than happy after they started earning a handsome amount than the monthly salary from agriculture.
Binu and Benny belong to traditional farmer families and are childhood friends. Though both parted ways after studies, they met again at the farm only recently. It was Binu who left his job in jewellery sector and decided to try his hand at farming. Soon after this, Benny who lives in the neighbourhood sold his taxi car and joined Binu in the venture.
The duo took a 2.5-acre field for lease and started farming the high yielding long beans variety Namdhari 621. Cultivation was started last December and now it is the harvesting season. Harvesting that started in February still continues. They collect about 10 quintal long beans on alternate days.
The sales of harvested long beans seemed to be a tough task in the beginning. Now the wholesale vegetable dealers in Meenangadi purchase the long beans directly from the farm. Earlier, the price for one kg long beans was Rs 25 which has risen to Rs 30 recently.
Binu and Benny said that the support of Assistant Agricultural Officer K. Sajeesh of Meenangadi Krishi Bhavan helped a lot in the success of their venture. With the first attempt turning into a huge success, the duo has decided to try modern agricultural methods like rain shelter farming and polyhouse farming in order to make vegetables available for the entire year.