Sathya is a passionate and an experienced agriculture entrepreneur who co-founded Kheyti and Cosmos Green. He loves spending his time thinking, innovating, adapting and implementing solutions which can increase the incomes and climate resilience of ultra poor farmers in India. He is an Acumen Fellow and contributes as a thought leader on food security, agriculture and small farmer related matters through his writings @ Huff post, Stanford Social innovation review, HinduBusinessLine and Your story.
In this Hangout Sathya explains the fundamental problems of agriculture in India, why farmers’ kids don’t want to continue with agriculture and how govt and startups can change that.
Tidbits from Sathya:
We started working with the farmers in the neighbourhood, almost close to 1500 farmers on actually increasing their incomes by changing their crop patterns, rotating the crops, creating better market linkages..
In later part of our journey in Cosmos Green we started focusing more on sustainable practices in agriculture particularly for vegetable cultivation.
It (Greenhouse farming) increases the yield 5 to 7 times compared to what farmers do in open farming. The most interesting statistics about that is if you require 50 litres of water to produce 1 kg of vegetables in the open field, you require only 1 litre of water in a greenhouse.
I personally believe that we in India did not have enough vision for agriculture.
Everybody is caring for their piece in the agriculture as a sector but for nobody farmer is at the center of what they do. Farmer is not the focus point around which the world revolves.
I think it going to be largely driven by government easing the regulation around it (agriculture) and startups catching on that opportunity to create full stack solutions to solve the real problems of framers.
Indian farmers have a dream. That dream is to ensure that their kids never get into farming. That’s the reality. They never saw that farming can create a permanent path out of poverty for them.
If the top 1% of the world actually just looks back and if they find as to what they could do with the bottom 25% of the world then the world that we are living in would change dramatically.
Here’s the full Hangout: