Mr. Yelmalle spent the first two years doing extensive research in technologies like hydroponics and aquaponics, which involve farming without soil.
In 2012, he ended his lucrative career and returned to India to establish the Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies (CRAFT).
Till date, we have trained almost 1,500 people in hydroponics, aquaponics, urban farming, commercial aspects of the technologies etc,” says Mr. Yelmalle.
The main reason for farmer suicide is unsustainable conventional farming,” says Mr. Yelmalle.
Soilless farming, on the other hand, uses just 10% of water as compared to the traditional method, says Mr. Yelmalle.