Founder of Urban Farms Manipur (UFM) Yumnam Neeraj has stressed on the need to adopt advanced farming methods to ensure food sustainability and food security because of the increasing population and limited land resources available. Yumnam Neeraj (31) is son of Yumnam Birchandra and Yumnam (o) Dhanamanjuri Devi of Kongpal Kshetri Leikai. He graduated from Doon College of Agriculture, Dehradun and completed MSc in Agronomy from Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab where he worked as a teacher for some time.
Neeraj took Hydroponic as a dissertation topic while pursuing his Master's degree in 2014 and established UFM in 2019 at the rooftop of his house by planting over 1,500 plants to promote Hydroponic and later shifted to Yaralpat where he has been practicing the modern farming method.
Neeraj stated that he came across this method of farming while watching Discovery channel when he was in his teenage years.
Though Hydroponic is not very new, this system of farming is not advancing fast due to certain technical issues, Neeraj said. "The faster farmers learn of this method, the better it would be to the society and ensure food security," he said and added that "UFM has so far trained over 50 students."
According to Neeraj, patience and dedication are keys to success in this method of farming as in other fields. "Impatience is the root cause of failure in any field," he added.
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