India: Man quits IT job to start aquaponics company

Rohit started farming in Jalandhar in 2018, and mainly uses water containing fish waste as manure to cultivate a variety of fruits and vegetables. 

The corporate grind may help bring in cash, but sticking true to nature is crucial for others. Rohit Gupta (28) left his software engineering work to take up farming. He had never regretted the decision to leave his IT career, he says, adding that he's proud to be part of the agricultural system and to support farmers who are the true heroes of the country. Per year, Rohit sells 25 tons of seafood, rising over 200 kg of vegetables a week. 

Aarpun Farms provides farmers with free lessons on aquaponic methods to help raise their profits. Over 15 farmers from various parts of India visited the farm before the COVID-19 pandemic to learn about this technique. 

In countries such as Singapore, the US, and Israel, the aquaponic model is popular, but not so much in India. A lot of farmers do not have enough knowledge about it here. In contrast to conventional cultivation, the method requires around 90 per cent less water. Since it is filtered over and over, the water is rarely affected. We want to help local farmers earn a decent income from aquaponic cultivation,” Rohit says. 

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