Vijay Yelmalle, a 42-year-old agriculturist, set up an alternative farming method that does not require soil. His terrace in Navi Mumbai served as the location for his venture which soon developed into a huge success, enabling him to shift the micro-farm to Raigad, on a 15-acre piece of land! He also teaches people so that they can follow in his footsteps!
It is in Mumbai’s suburb that we met Vijay Yelmalle. He grew up in his parents farm. Older he graduated as a chemical engineer and worked in Singapore for 14 years. During this time, he studied sustainable agriculture by himself and started experimenting on Aquaponics and Hydroponics. He decided to document a website and was later contacted by people interested in high tech farming. Back in Mumbai, he started training at his own place one or two times a month. Training’s for urban people, who wants to give urban farming a try still is his main source of income. He also sells services and information to start small units at home.
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Interview conducted by Andrew Blume
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Techniques To Aid Creation Of Safe Fare For Daily Intake
In Kharghar, lies an enterprise, a little over a year-old that is striving to promote a safe and alternate farming technique to rural and urban farmers. Called Craft (Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies), its aim is to create safe food for everyday consumption. Through research, training and practical application it is taking its ideas to entrepreneurs all over.
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Mr. Vijay Yelmalle
CRAFT Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies was founded in 2014 with a view to bring alternative farming technologies to India, providing solutions to the problem faced by the Indian framers.The biggest problem faced by the Indian farmers was non-viability of farming largely on account of small and fragmented landholdings coupled with problems of water scarcity, infertility of land, changing weather and use of present farming techniques.
Vijay Yelmalle teaches agriculturists – both urban and rural – how to apply technology to practise eco-friendly farming and increase yield.
Mumbai: Vijay Yelmalle had a steady career spanning 14 years in the chemical industry in Singapore. But there was something that kept tugging at him back home. “Whenever I read about farmer suicides, it depressed me. I wanted to do something for them, especially farmers from my home State, Maharashtra,” says Mr. Yelmalle.
Vijay S Yelmalle, who runs a Mumbai-based start-up, Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies, says as greenhouse technology has had limited success in India, farming without soil is the best way to use our fast-expanding urban spaces. The best part is that mass adoption of this new technology is easier than we think !!
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Promotes aquaponics and hydroponics for urban farming
CRAFT is engaged conducting trial with Indian institutes such as IIT Mumbai to bring new cost effective and result efficient farming techniques. Company provides the complete hydroponic and aquaponic system at reasonable price to the farmers. “We ensure the techniques we promote are affordable to farmers and practically possible to execute in Indian soil,” he adds.