Farmers in Athota village in Andhra Pradesh, were growing paddy, a staple diet in the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh. They were stuck in a cycle of having to buy more urea and fertilizers along with insecticides each year while facing uncertainties in production and returns along with other problems thus making agriculture an unviable option with each passing crop season. They also felt dejected as they could see growing health problems people are facing but saw no options for themselves. They then came to know about a young village resident with the name Baparao who was trying to grow paddy without chemicals of any kind. To their surprise, this youngster was going back to traditional methods but he was able to enrich the soil, grow nutritious paddy while achieving the same productivity as earlier.
Slowly the farmers in the village are moving towards traditional method of growing paddy and are now actively helping him make the seed bank. Looking at the transformation in Athota village farmers across the state are coming to Athota to learn from their knowledge and farmers in nearby villages and mandals have already started implementing these farming practices.
Who is Baparao?
Baparao Athota is a youngster from Athota village, Andhra Pradesh. He was a regular youngster like any other, who grew up to take up graphic designing and was earning a handsome salary while pursuing his career and dreams in Hyderabad. What makes him special is the quest for a simple life. He doesn’t crave anything more than health and clean air for his family to breathe. His needs are basic and he leads a very simple life with his family.
The return to village
Though he came from a farming background, Baparao moved to Hyderabad to study and subsequently started working as a graphic designer. While he loved the creative challenges his job posed to, who found himself missing clean air, water and greenery of his village. After his marriage he and his wife both felt similar want for fresh food and environment. While he was going through this tussle in his mind, he got the news that they were expecting a child. This gave Baparao the impetus to go back to his roots and to start farming again.