Influenced by the synthetics used in the mass production of food, Bonguram Nagaraju left Hyderabad for organic farming at his birthplace in Habsipur village in Telangana. The 32-year-old farmer has an MSc degree in Animal Biotechnology from the University of Hyderabad. He is working in Bharat Biotech since he completed his post graduation. However, he did not want to work there for long.
According to a report, he reconsidered his eligible job in the city and returned to his village after leaving the job. Nagaraju wanted to do organic farming, but the people of his own village did not cultivate indigenous varieties of rice. However, upon his return he became interested in indigenous varieties and started cultivating them. He completely removed synthetic pesticides and fertilizers instead of adding cow dung and neem oil to his farm.
Recognizing his vision and efforts to revolutionize agriculture in his homeland, the Gandhi Global Family honored Nagaraju with the Pudami Putra Award last year. In addition, it is working with Deccan Mudra, Gram Bharati Voluntary Organization and Subhiksha Krishi Foundation to educate farmers of Telangana.
Nagaraju’s family and in-laws did not like the idea of leaving a corporate job to pursue a career in agriculture. However, his wife, who was employed as a teacher in a corporate school in Hyderabad, quit her job. Since then, the couple has cultivated seven varieties of native paddy. The couple cultivated Manipur Black Rice, Kalabati, Telangana Gold and Burma Black in 4.5 acres. Vegetables and fruits are also grown in the second acre. Nagaraju told Telangana Today that he is making good money from paddy farming, but he is expanding his production area, which can include sheep and poultry.