Amith Kishan took a pivotal turn in his life when he left his 8-hour-a-day job at an insurance bank in Bengaluru, where he often confronted cancer cases. The death of a client from cancer was a moment of self-realization for Kishan.
What to know? He saw the root cause in lifestyles and dietary habits, leading him to a drastic career shift in 2019: from insurance to organic farming. Now, he stands at the helm of a thriving organic farm with a turnover of ₹21 crore.
Kishan’s venture into agriculture was a homage to his grandfather’s legacy as a renowned farmer. Teaming up with his brother Ashrit, they co-founded Hebbevu Farms, starting with a loan of ₹1.5 crore and 15 acres of farmland.
Despite their grandfather’s farming background, the brothers initially grappled with the basics of organic farming. “We did not understand the kharif and rabi seasons," Kishan recalled. They learned the ropes by consulting with experienced organic farmers.
The road ahead: Today, Kishan’s farm boasts nearly 700 indigenous cows and buffaloes and grows about 40 different kinds of food grains and vegetables. His products, including dairy items and vegetable oils, are sold through a store in Bengaluru and a website. With a daily output of six tonnes of vegetables and 1,500 litres of milk, Kishan’s farm has expanded to 650 acres.
Kishan’s successful shift to farming has not only resulted in financial prosperity but also a more fulfilling life. He now enjoys tranquil moments with his family, a stark contrast to his previous hectic lifestyle in the city. His story is a testament to the power of pursuing a passion and making a difference in the way we live and eat.
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