The Punjab professionals are back in the soil, organically-Chandigarh.

Highly qualified experts are increasingly leaving lucrative jobs and returning to the Punjab to try out organic farming.

These new farmers, compost kitchens and teachers use Social Media participate in pop-up markets for organic farmers and organise day trips on the farm to ensure that those who want pesticide-free grain do not look too far.


Rahul Sharma, a former CEO of a large computer company, now grows grains, pulses, oilseeds, turmeric and garlic on his five acre farm in Kapurtala.

If the government is serious about food security, it must ensure that farmers get economic benefits so that they can engage in sustainable agriculture, he said.

Charma doesn’t regret the change of position. He regularly gives lectures and communicates with pupils and students.

He decided to streamline the production and ordering process. Now I have installed a crop rotation system that feeds the soil and works well in the consumer market, he says.


Shivraj Bhallar, who owns a four-hectare farm in Manimaj, has given up his quiet job as a banker in Canada to go organic in 2014. The Congress for Organic Farming, which took place in the region in 2015, was well attended. Since then, the movement has grown and consumer awareness has increased, he says.

He plans to improve his farm by installing a drip irrigation system and collecting rainwater.

Sima Jolly, coordinator of the Chandigarh agricultural market, owns a five hectare farm in the village of Karoran, Punjab. Sima wants her farm to become a school for organic and natural agriculture, yoga and ayurveda in the near future. Jolly, one of the directors of Baikunth Resorts Pvt Ltd, started organic farming in 2011 and has never looked back.


Former national hockey player Mohanjit Dhalival, who owns two farms, one in Ropar and the other in Fategrah Sahib, the latter being part of the Perm Food Forest culture in the Sanjhi Mitti Food Forest community, has been practicing organic farming for 10 years. With regard to the roadblocks, he believes that the government’s policy of buying 100% wheat rice should be changed.

Farmers, once entrepreneurs and solution seekers, now behave like robots. Nothing will change until the policymakers are out of the process.

Jyoti Arora of Chandigarh, who supplies unscented compost to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh, works with Swach Bharat teams from different communities, said Jyoti Arora: I also give many lectures to encourage people to spend their time in a more environmentally friendly way.

For Dixie Suri, former head of corporate communications for a large hospital network, the situation changed during a stay in Auroville in 2004. She started experimenting with the organic lifestyle.
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For Dixie Suri, former communications manager of a large hospital network, the situation changed during a stay in Auroville in 2004. While we were there and learned from the experts, we embarked on a journey towards a more conscious approach to living green and brown nuts. I attended formal seminars and started experimenting with the organic lifestyle, says Suri, who founded Chandigarh’s first nature club with a friend in 2012.

Chandigarh Rishi Miranshah, who shot nine parts of the documentary series The History of Food – No Fresh Carbon Footprint, says: Given the impact of chemicals on our food and the need to start working biologically, it was important for me to make this documentary, which is an investigation, because following the trail of destruction leads us to where we are now.punjab lockdown twitter,punjab govt twitter,hindustan times twitter,the tribune twitter,dc patiala twitter,punjab cm announcement,dc jalandhar twitter,twitter news today

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