Farms and Farmers (FnF)

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A farming initiative by the two IIT graduates which helped the villagers of Vaishali district in Bihar earn three times what they used to earn before. An initiative which helps farmers to learn and implement new techniques such as water harvesting and organic farming.It makes farmers stake holders and their business model is to be taken to other farms and farmers across the Northern States of India. FnF was incorporated as a non-government, non-profit organization that works with farmers for empowering and upgrading their current socio-economic condition through innovative ways of farming by using latest technologies and does research & development work in that area. It aims to improve land profitability and thus increases revenue generation for Land owners, farmers and farm labourers. It provides a helping hand to the farmer to reduce their mental agony and to maximize revenue by use of innovative ways of farming. On the other hand it provides government subsidies and training infrastructure for the farmers in their network. It showed a new way of carrying out scientific farming rather than following the conventional farming.

                  Farms n Farmers was setup in October 2010 by Shashank Kumar, alumnus IIT-Delhi graduate (2004-2008), and Manish Kumar, an IIT-Kharagpur postgraduate (2005-10) having vast experience of Rural Development and Agriculture as well as Supply chain, Retail and FMCG. Shashank after graduating in 2008 was working in a management consulting firm at Gurgaon. His area of operation was FMCG consultancy services and supply chain management. During that period he came across problems of sourcing raw materials from farmers. He left the job after two-and-a-half years. Shashank came from an agricultural family at Chapra district and had a dream of becoming an entrepreneur which he proved to be true after leaving his job.He wanted to contribute for the agricultural sector as he felt it to be most important and highly neglected sector in India. One of his friends Manish Kumar also joined him who shares the same dream. Manish has been very interested in social work from his school days. He has worked for other NGOs and is the co-founder of a society called “Sambhav” (www.sambhaviitkgp.blogspot.in) at IIT Kharagpur which works for employing people and providing basic education to nearby villages of IIT Kharagpur. Manish has always thought of working for the society rather than working under someone in a MNC. Both of them turned down their lucrative job offers to fulfill their dream and came forward to form the Farms n Farmers farming solutions company with the aim of providing end to end solutions to farmers. Their main initiative was to educate farmers about soil quality, crop selection and marketing of their products. In October 2010, they started their project at Chakdharia village of Bihar, which is the village of Manish. Initially they started with 14 farmers of the village as it was difficult for them to convince farmers about their plans and modern procedures because the farmers had a fear of being cheated which generally used to happen in our country, they were unwilling to change their conventional pattern. To overcome this problem they formed an advisory team, which included experts and scientists from IIT- Kharagpur, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour (Bhagalpur), Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa. With help of this team they succeeded in convincing farmers.

Farmers generally face problems in terms of water shortage and labour and still grow paddy and wheat in bad condition. They provided a solution based on soil condition and farmer profile, basing on it crop selection was done. They ensured proper input availability, training, query solving and marketing. The turning point was when they opt for growing rajma instead of wheat which resulted in 100% profit and thus it helped Farms and Farmers to enter other villages of Bihar and help other farmers in gaining profit. Farms n Farmers now works in Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Banka, Rohtas and Patna with over 1,000 farmers. They used to make a survey about the need of the market and basing on the survey report they use to grow crop which can give them maximum profit. There was no third person between consumer and the farmer. They made best use of their marketing skills to sell the agricultural product. It was also not possible for the poor farmers to go to the bigger market for selling their products. They also worked on post –harvesting problems which are mostly neglected. They have almost achieved their path to success and are looking forward to supply rice to Walmart. FnF would be exporting potatoes from small villages and is working on reducing cost and gaining more profit. Manish had saved Rs 1.5 lakh during his internship at Belgium during his final year of IIT. Sashank too saved money during his job. Both of them utilized the money in a proper way to carry out a noble work to help farmers. They have starting growing turmeric, moong, paddy and papaya.

 

 

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Farm and Farmer team now comprises of highly qualified and experienced personnel and experts in Organic Farming, Soil Technology, Self-sustainable & Need-based farming and Horticulture. The entire team is committed to use their diverse experience, skills and knowledge to understand the issues faced by farms as well as farmers by working at the grassroot level. Other project areas include improvement of farms condition and maintenance, augmentation of fertility, so that long term profitability can be achieved in all aspects.

Check their website :

www.farmsnfarmers.org

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Author:

Deepak Kumar Senapati
Eastern Academy Of Science And Technology, 2012
About Me: I am pursuing B.Tech in Electronics And Telecommunication branch in Eastern Academy Of Science And Technology. I am a Volunteer in Bakul Foundation(NGO) which work for protection of our environment and provides help to children in terms of education. I also support NGOs like Greenpeace, Avaaz and Care2.I believe that there is ample of opportunities in this world and the only thing one need to do is mend himself to grab those.

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52 Comments

  1. Bablu Pradhan says:

    Congratulations deepak 🙂

  2. Adarsh Wildhunter(chinu) says:

    I personally congratulate you my brother.. great work 😉

  3. Brijesh says:

    Great work deepak.hope that u will win.God bless u

  4. devdee says:

    wonderful work,absolutely genius observations!! 

  5. Prabhu Kalyan Mahanta says:

    its a good work……….

  6. Prabhu Kalyan Mahanta says:

    we must care to our society…its a greatest oppertunity be a part of this….

  7. Prabhu Kalyan Mahanta says:

    ur doing a very good work my boy…….

  8. Sanam says:

    Congo brother.The result time is near.Hoping for the best bro.All the best.

  9. Rajeev says:

    Congrats Dude.Fingers crossed yaar.All d best.

  10. Abhi says:

    Really a unique topic.God Bless U.Gud Luck

  11. Sidharth Nayak says:

    Good work.Just Crossing fingers brother.All the best.

  12. sunil kumar mohanty says:

    its really good and a lot of thanks to those people who are taking interest in these things.10

  13. Anil says:

    Great work boss.Carry on ur good work.

  14. Manish says:

    It is a very good article.Wish U good luck

  15. Amarjeet Das says:

    Nice one …

  16. Deepak Senapati says:

    Thank u Soumya Ranjan.

  17. soumya ranjan says:

    nice article…. good collection…. hope this trend continues by all our collective efforts ..

  18. sonali swain says:

    good job..  superb..

  19. subhashree mohapatra says:

    kep it up dear

  20. Alok says:

    Keep it up Deepak.U did good research I think so.Good Luck.

  21. Dinesh Das says:

    Good one bro.nice article.How did u came to know about it ?

  22. Abinash Dash says:

    Inspiring  Article , Keep going 🙂

  23. Somesh says:

    Good going yaar.Nice work.

  24. grate job dude!!!wonderful article!!!

  25. bhaskar says:

    good work bro

  26. praveen says:

    good job deepak!!!

  27. Dillip says:

    Nice work bro..

  28. Amme says:

    nice concept and well implementation in writing.

  29. Hritesh says:

    Good work Deepak.These type of organizations help India in moving ahead. .

  30. Rajesh says:

    Great Work Deepak.Keep it up..

  31. this is an intelligent and innovative idea :: bravo man bravo

  32. Sanjit says:

    Deepak @ Congrats Deepak…..Really ur presentation of such an organization through ur article is very appreciable…..Keep it up .

  33. Dipesh says:

    @ Well Deepak it is really a very nice article.Really a Good work.

  34. Tapan Mohapatra says:

    Really nice work deepak….

  35. jaccobs says:

    nice1 ………….buddy 

  36. dinesh mohanty says:

    realy!!…..It’s such a very good article yaar. i am impressed………ok dude carry on

  37. Soumya says:

    We want to see more works of urs

  38. golak behera says:

    really a good comendable work. 🙂

  39. Jyoti says:

    Good work

  40. Prabhu Kalyan Mahanta says:

    I really appreciate your work in bringing FnF to our knowledge.Good Job

  41. Parwez Akhtar says:

    Splendid job..Interesting, unique & informative is what sums it up..Gud 1 as a path finder for d present generation who are running short of ideas…keep up the good work…

  42. sakti prasad jagdev says:

    gd work dude…gr8 going…

  43. Swetalina Panda says:

    Ur article is praiseworthy and encouraging. Good, Kip it up! 

  44. Chinmohan Nayak says:

    Great work deepak.. All the best 🙂

  45. B N Sahani says:

    HiGreat!!!I want to association with you and start this job in Kushinagar UP.

  46. DEBJIT DUTTA says:

    Deepak Senapati, Your article is simply outstanding and clearly organised enough to provide details. Good job. Keep it up.  THANX…………….

  47. ashis panda says:

    nice article……..

    • Deepak Senapati says:

      Thank u asish, vivek, Sahani, Swetalina, Chinmohan Nayak, Debjit, Shakti, Parwez, Nutan, Abhishek, Avisek, Asish, Pravu, Jyoti, Soumya,Dinesh, Pranab, Tapan, Sanjit, Gurbaditya, Abinash, Rajesh, Bhabani,Somesh, Bhaskar, Praveen, Amme, Dilip, Hritesh, Dinesh, Sonali,Subha, Alok, Amar, Manish, Anil,
      B N Sahani @ Thank u sir.You should contact http://farmsnfarmers.org/ for further details.Hope U can also bring revolution with them.
      Sanjit @ Ya that was there point of view towards the society …
      Sanjit @ They are more focused towards upgrading our economy at its roots …
      Sanjit @ There were 5-6 similar stories on Start-Up Entrepreneur, but this was the which I felt should be brought into limelight. ..
      @ Thank U Gurbaditya …
      Thank U Abinash for ur support.
      Thank U Bhabani..Thanks 4 ur comment.
      Thanks Bhaskar for supporting me.
      Thank U Dinesh.I saw it on CNN-IBN thn I read about it on http://www.straitstimes.com

  48. nutan shukla says:

    its jst awsm deepak….keep it up…

  49. Avisek says:

    Gug job..grt going.. 

  50. Abhishek Pattanaik says:

    Your article is wonderful…Very well written !!

  51. Vivek dasburma says:

    Hi Its a wonderful piece of writing. Nice research  

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