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Kerala youth’s inspiring journey from accountant in Muscat to farmer

Shyam Mohan at his vegetable farm in Irinjalakuda, Kerala.

Shyam Mohan went to Muscat years back to become economically independent and chase a dream to become a farmer at his home land in Vellangallur near Irinjalakuda, Kerala. After working for years in Muscat, 34-year-old Shyam Mohan returned from Muscat after Covid and has now embraced a new path as a successful farmer in Irinjalakuda with a mission to produce totally pesticide free vegetables.

Though this post graduate in commerce cherished a dream to do farming right from his young age, lack of funds and family commitments made him seek the job of an accountant in Muscat. “I went abroad and worked hard to make money so that I could take up farming in my native place. I am happy that I could accomplish that,” Shyam told “Open Digest”.

His tenure in Muscat made him realise the value of hard work and the importance of financial stability. Though Shyam faced numerous challenges in his journey as a farmer after returning from Muscat, his unwavering dedication and hard work drove him to overcome the obstacles. Shyam began farming by taking an acre of land on lease. But things didn’t work out as he planned and had to face a lot of hurdles.

“I wasn’t ready to give up. I started learning more about advancement in farming techniques and started to work in the field. I stopped depending on the labourers. I do all the manual labour on the farm. We now produce a different variety of vegetables which are totally chemical and pesticide free. We have certified our farm for adopting and following pesticide free vegetable cultivation,” he said.

Today, Shyam’s farm stands as a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence. His farm produces a diverse range of vegetables, including tomatoes and cucumbers, all grown without the use of harmful pesticides.

Shyam’s transition from a worker in the Gulf to successful farmer is an inspiration and serves as a powerful reminder that it is never too late to chase one’s dreams. His resilience, determination and commitment to sustainable practices have not only transformed his own life but also provided a roadmap for others seeking a meaningful livelihood.

As Shyam continues to expand his farming enterprise, he envisions a future where pesticide-free farming becomes the norm benefiting the people.

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