Kundapur: Driven by organic farming ideas, Sudhakar Nayak is a role model to farmers

Silvester D'Souza
Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Jan 16: An unusually large number of farmers have been taken over by the firm belief that farm products do not command enough demand in the country's market. Perhaps because of this delusion, farmers are found to be converting their landholdings into house sites and selling them instead of growing crops. Paddy fields are hard to find now-a-days. Shortage of agricultural labour, repeated attacks by swarms of pests, etc have driven agriculturists to the edge of despair. The situation has become so gloomy, that the farmers in coastal Karnataka, who are heavily dependent on paddy crop, are being overwhelmed at the feeling that it would be better to stay away from agriculture rather than reposing hope on the only crop they grow in their fields, and then reeling under heavy losses.

In the midst of this gloomy situation, there is a person who has emerged as a role model for the farmers and shown the way by raising mixed crops by depending entirely on scientific organic methods of farming. This story is about him.

This is a place where greenery is omnipresent. One finds so many varieties of plants and trees that it is impossible to find out what is being grown and what is left out. A large variety of vegetables, roots etc make the visitors to fall in love with the place instantly. B Sudhakar Nayak (62) owns this place, which is located at Hadimakki within Japti gram panchayat limits in the taluk. Nayak, who joined a farm at Kokkarna after finishing SSLC because of his interest in agriculture, conducted studies and research in agriculture out of his own interest to learn more and more. Later, he toiled in five and half acres of land given to him in Japti as share in the family land, laying stress on organic farming.

He also functioned at the milk dairy at Japti and got more interested in dairying activity too. His interest in dairying activity had grown so much till about four to five years back, that he used to supply 250 litres of milk on an average to the local dairy on a daily basis. After agriculture caught up more of his attention later, he evinced interest in raising mixed crops, although dairying activity continues to be undertaken by him.

Mixed crops like coconut, areca nut, pepper, paddy, banana, cocoa, cloves, nutmeg, pineapple among others, fruits like pomelo, custard apple, papaya, guava, jackfruit, mango and lemon, apart from over 35 types of vegetables including yam, tamarind, gherkins, greens, okra, and long beans are grown by Nayak in his land. Nayak, who grows different varieties of areca nut, has grown two acres of areca nuts, one acre of coconut, and an acre of pepper as mixed crops. He undertakes cultivation of vegetables and fruits on experimental basis, and is open to share information he has among farmer visitors.

Nayak does not buy fertilizers for his farm from outside. He uses water pumped from open well. He was the second farmer from the district to supply sugarcane to newly started Brahmavar Sugar Factory about 35 years ago. This progressive farmer had also applied for crop competition in sugarcane farming. He was ranked second among high quality sugarcane growers then. Since the last four decades, he has not only successfully met the challenge of conducting organic farming, but also become famous for growing everything with competitive spirit and getting high yield.

He puts into use biodigester, gobar gas plant, Japan-model compost unit, earthworm manure unit etc besides manufacturing bacteria-based manure, trichoderma, etc. Along with water that is sprayed to the field with the help of biodigester, manure water of decomposed organic matter and Jeevamruta are also fed to the plants and trees. Nayak personally feeds earthworm manure and compost manure to respective crops as per requirement.

Sudhakar Nayak, who also is engaged in apiculture, gets information and facilities from the department of horticulture in every stage. The department of agriculture also has been helping in exchange of information and providing information to farmers about proper use of different facilities.

B Sudhakar Nayak, who functioned as agricultural resource person and secretary in Gopalakrishna Growers Cooperative Society for five year, also has served free of cost as resource person for Dharmasthala Rural Development Project. He has not limited himself to just being an organic farmer, but has been distributing knowledge freely to other farmers by working as resource person. He also has got several awards and honours for this initiative.

Sudhakar's wife, Shanti S Nayak, has been extending able support to Nayak's endeavours. His elder daughter, Vijayashree Nayak, who is an engineering graduate, is married, while younger one, Vidyashree, has been pursuing postgraduate degree course in science. As a whole, his family has been providing full support to Sudhakar's initiatives in the field of agriculture. Its honest efforts towards spreading a strong message in favour or organic farming is commendable.

If you have time, plan a visit to Nayak's farm once. Sudhakar Nayak and his family are always prepared to extend a warm welcome to visitors.


Comment on this article

  • Vasudeva, Kundapura

    Wed, Sep 9 2020

    Dear sir, I am interested in growing vegetables farm pls help me out with some ideas thank you,,

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  • Veena Naik, Murudeshwar

    Tue, Dec 3 2019

    I want to visit Mr. Sudhakar Nayak's organic farm to learn and get gather some info on organic farming. Kindly give his contact no., so that I can fix an appointment to visit his farm.

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  • Amarnath Shetty Kuriyala, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 26 2020

    Please provide contact number for sudakar

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  • VINOD PUTHRAN, kundapur

    Wed, Jul 6 2016


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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Mon, Jan 18 2016

    Sudhakar Maam is indeed a great inspiration and a role model to today's agriculturists who are on the verge of giving up cultivation.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/NEW YORK,USA.

    Sun, Jan 17 2016

    Congratulations and best wishes to Sudhakar Nayak for your fantastic organic farming ideas. It is an inspiration to the other farmers whom I believe will follow your foot steps in farming. This country has been lacking way behind in modern farming.

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  • Prasad, Surathkal

    Sun, Jan 17 2016

    Great to hear such stories

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  • ibrahim, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Sudhakar Sir
    Green revolution will always a prosperous and gives self satisfaction. Many of us employed in the jobs where we wont get that job satisfaction. This profession is so engaging and gives a lot of peace when we start getting yields.

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  • Valerian D Souza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Touch wood..this gentleman looks very young to his age....!May be due to the organic food and organic surrounding. God bless this family.
    Now a days no one wants to venture in to farming...All want to work in the office love to live in the city...Sudhakar maam is the role model...!

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Sun, Jan 17 2016

    Jai ho Sudhakar maam...

    What I observed in my early childhood...Nayak's are very hard workers and love agriculture...speak distinctive Konkani...


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  • Kusuma Kumari CHiitti G , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    The best way of prosperity is to go back to nature!

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  • J Saheb,

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Sudhakar Anna...Take my respect and best wishes. May Almighty make your efforts successful.

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  • saquib, byndoor/dammam

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Sudhakar maam thuka pranaam.
    it is a lesson for us who if at all have some cents of place will sell it and try to live a luxury life by Gods grace this man has shown how one can use the blessings of mother nature. will try to meet him in person in the next vacation

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  • Krishna, Kundapura

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Please give his contact number

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  • norman, shirva/Dubai

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    This is real good work and u are Bill Gates of farming...keep up the good work. if you have some spare time, can u help me do the same in shirva please...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Sudhakar farms is nursery for young budding Organic Farmers ...

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sat, Jan 16 2016

    Nowadays Agriculture or Farming means a hard work and to say a little benefit or sometime no benefit at all!!!Let us Congratulate Sudhakar Nayak his dedication hard work and the success in this field!!! Let he be a role model to our younger generation.'God'bless you.

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