At a time when youngsters from Kerala are jetting off to Europe, Australia and United States seeking opportunities, a young engineer from Kottayam chose to stay back in his village, Anickadu, quitting his corporate job and embracing sustainable living through farming and cattle rearing.
V Hari, 41, decided to leave the hustle and bustle of city life after realising that spending time with family and doing something that brings happiness are more important aspects of his life.
It was during the Covid-19 pandemic period that Hari decided to start an environmentally-conscious lifestyle by rearing cattle and doing some vegetable farming. What he started with a calf three years ago is now a farm with 32 cows and oxen of different breeds.
“I was working in a firm after completing my B-Tech in Electronic Engineering with distinction. But soon, I realised that I don’t want to spend my life working somewhere away from my dear ones and my native place. My heart yearned for an environmentally-conscious lifestyle that was closer to nature and aligned with my values,” Hari told “Open Digest.”
Hari’s farm is a thriving testament to his vision as he practices a completely different farming method. He only milks the cows if any milk remains after the calves consume their share. “My priority is to ensure that the calves get the required milk. We only take the remaining milk. We also employ organic farming techniques, totally avoiding any chemical feeds, fertilisers, or pesticides on the farm,” Hari said.
Hari has also launched several organic products ranging from tooth powder to face masks, made from various products he creates on his farm. He has launched a wide variety of products by processing cow dung and sells them through an online portal, “www.ibconline.co.in.” Hari has also won several awards from state government for his sustainable farming practices.
As people like Hari make a conscious choice to embrace sustainable living, they prove that the road less traveled can lead to a brighter and greener future for all of us.