Udupi: Mumbai-based entrepreneur Harish Shetty turns barren land green

Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP) 

Udupi, Jul 9: The people living in coastal Karnataka, who once heavily depended on agriculture, have steadily been distancing themselves away from agriculture for various reasons like shortage of workers, water scarcity, youngsters lured by IT sector, real estate, factories etc. The agricultural fields are either encroached upon or turn into barren lands. Yermal Harish Shetty, a native of Yermal near Padubidri and Mumbai-based entrepreneur, has accepted these challenges, turned towards his roots, and has volunteered to till the land. 

After the onset of monsoon, he came to Yermal last Monday from Mumbai, and got involved with raising paddy crop in about five acres of land belonging to his forefathers. He also brought agricultural labourers and locals together this time, and set up about 56 units of paddy fields by pooling together about 15 acres of land. He himself got to work with others, carried sheaves of seedlings from one field to another and also got engaged in tilling with the help of tractor. As a result barren land at Yermal has now turned lush green. 


India has always been dependent on agriculture, and Indian farming has a history of over 2,000 years. There was a time when Karnataka coast was known for exquisite varieties of paddy and rice. Harish notes that after the people resorted to other kinds of work and began to live independently instead of in joint families, farming lost its charm. He says that he is lured towards agriculture because of his fond past memories of working hard in fields in the face of hot climate, wind, rain, and lightning. He notes that in the past, people used to raise four to five crops a year but that cannot be brought back now because of shortage of irrigation and workers. He says that he volunteered to engage in agriculture to spread the message that the government is now fully supportive of agriculture, and that growing paddy is a profitable proposition if we involve sincerely in its cultivation. 

Shetty feels that one has to grow his own food. He says that if the government provides irrigational facilities, our future generations can again adopt agriculture as a means of living. For that to happen, the current generation should go ahead with paddy cultivation, in spite of minor hiccups they might encounter now and then, he says. He feels that even if the rainfall is not regular, alternative methods can be used to see that the crops do not fail. 

Harish Shetty has also been an efficient organizer at Mumbai. He is the convener of social worker, Gopal C Shetty (MP) Tulu Kannadiga Fans Club and a dedicated follower of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He noted that the Modi government is contemplating fine of 6.5 percent on those farmers who allow their land to become barren, and pointed out that the farmers by filing requisite forms in the panchayat offices get Rs 6,000 annually from the government. He noted that those who are cultivating aged above sixty years of age are eligible for Rs 3,000 every month.


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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    People should change their food habits so that we consume less cereals and more fruits and nuts. Allthough it is difficult it is a way out to minimise the damage to environment. with a growing population and as stomacks increase in number thre will be pressure on forest lands to be converted to areable land.

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  • Avinash Shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Some are commenting about black money and evading tax, instead of appreciating his efforts. There are other ways to evade tax and get rid of black money instead of toiling in fields.

    Great Job Mr. Shetty, All the BEST!!!

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  • Harish, Kudla

    Wed, Jul 10 2019


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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Good luck Mr. Harish Shetty for your GREEN land.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Great work, sir.

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Great Job sir.

    May GOD Bless u!

    Jai Hind!

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Greenery refreshes the mind, eyes & serenity & tranquility sets in a healthy body & soul. Greenery (Green Signal) clears Dangers lying ahead & worries are gone. Mr. Shetty's hard work resulted in Greenery & the "Green Signal" is a check-Post to us all. Good Luck Mr. Shetty!

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  • Prakash Shetty ulepady, Delhi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    All the best Harish Shetre, I wish all coastal belt once again turn into green by the efforts of people like you. Invest more into agriculture to earn again and again, than one-time profit in real estate...

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    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    I Appreciate his efforts to EVADE the tax and give proof that he is investing his HARD earned money into AGRICULTURE unlike MALLYA was investing in CALENDARs and TIPPU SWORD OR NIRAVA modi Investing on Beautiful Models including HOLLYWOOD girlfriends !!!


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  • Kumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Highly appreciate the zeal for agriculture by Harish Shetty. Most of the farmers in DK deserted paddy and embraced aeronaut cultivation. Salute to you Sir for reviving age old tradition.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Sure ,he could do it because he had the means as he was in Mumbai as a entrepreneur .Normal people couldnt and cant put together so many acres of land and manage to work,as there are hardly workers there ,and payment is too a
    question when no money is there.Good he has taken up the challange .wish him all the best .There are many problems ,climate ,water is not there after monsoon rain..

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  • Jhanavi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Yes, very true.... you always comment appropriately to every situation.... he had money and now his retiring stage he can take risk as he is not needed to work to eat and live.... but he has taken a good decision because some wealthy people just sit at home and enjoy till they die.... he has taken the risk of cultivation his land and its really a good example.... but not everyone one can do it...

    there are many people with barren land and they do not have money to invest on it...

    if they invest on the land for cultivation they will not have money to feed themselves and their family... govt has to recognize such barren land, check why they are not being cultivated and in case if the owners are below poverty line, there should be some scheme to help them to overcome the difficulties.... but must be care full in judging who is actually poor, as i have seen lot of rich people are taking the benefit of schemes meant for poor... actual poor are not reaching those kind of schemes...

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    They black money to.invest and enough land .... it cannot possible to other middle class people to invest such type fields...

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  • Shashikumar Shetty, Santhoor

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    I have question for Jossey . When my india will change ? If you do you are damned and if you don’t do you are damned . How do you know he has black money ?

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  • A P, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Why give a negative comment instead of appreciating someone going back to their roots and motivating people around too...to revive paddy cultivation which is slowly dying …

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  • Ajith Dcosta, Kundapura

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Appreciate whatever he has done.
    Negative comments not required here.

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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Do you mean to say all those who are rich have black money? If he has black money why should he display so openly and draw the attention of the IT Dept.? He could have stashed in a Swiss bank and enjoyed touring Europe.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    Mera Bharat Mahan ...

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