Dr Vilas Kale is a farmer from Pune who has become a role model for other farmers through his success. After getting a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Canada, he started cultivating vegetables from across the world in his field in Maharashtra. The vegetables he grows are in high demand among the chefs of five-star hotels.
"It was an accident. Way back in 1990, one day I sowed broccoli seeds in my farm. It was just for personal consumption. But the crop was so good that I took it to the market to sell. That was the beginning of this farming of foreign vegetables," said Kale, who is a media shy person.
Almost 150 types of vegetables are growing in his farm now. Several expensive and rare vegetables like Asparagus, Onion Chiv or Rokuttel can be found at his farm. "Our business is based on demand. We have some fixed customers who call us and order their vegetables. We pack it here in our farm and send it to our agent in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi or Kolkata. Further delivery is taken care of by agents only," he said.