IITians take up Agriculture!
Turning down high-paying MNC jobs, Shashank Kumar, an IIT-Delhi graduate (2004-
2008 ), and Manish Kumar, an IIT-Kharagpur postgraduate (2005-10 ) have taken up
the task of improving the lot of poor farmers. They started work in October 2010 in
Vaishali district, Bihar. They persuaded 18 farmers to use their scientific method of
farming and soon agriculture has become profitable.
In February 2011, they founded an NGO, ‘Farms n Farmers (FnF) which takes up all
aspects of agriculture right from soil testing to providing a market support to farmers.
The NGO’s activities have now expanded to adjoining districts of Muzaffarpur,
Sitamarhi, Banka and Purnia. Organic farming is being promoted to get better yields.
At present, FnF, which has more than 150 farmers under its fold and has an 8-
member Advisory body that includes Prof P K Sinha from IIM-Ahmedabad, Prof R
Singh and PBS Bhadoria from IIT-Kharagpur, and Dr Bimla Rai from RAU, Pusa.
Manish and Shashank hold regular training programmes in different parts of Bihar.
Soon, more districts in Bihar will come under the programmes of FnF.