I wasn’t fibbing when I said SWE by day, farmer by night.
It’s not a matter of if I’m going back to India, it’s when. I’ve listed some of the ideas which take up a not non-significant part of my weekends.
I have had the chance to renege my Indian passport on a number of occasions, the earliest when I resided in Singapore, and then in Hong Kong. Lion City was an easy decision, they require mandatory conscription and even though they hold a strong passport, I am not willing to serve any country besides my own. While I hold a permanent residency in HK, replacing it with my motherland also doesn’t solve my main concerns, notably having access to purchase land under my own name.
Some of the more novel ideas I’ve been working on for the past few years require me to own farmland in India and without the status I am left to rely on others for help.
I’ve bifurcated my projects into a few overarching categories:
Growing world population threatens future food and feed security as natural resources are currently being over exploited. FAO estimates that commercial feed production needs to increase by 70% in the next 30 years to meet the growing demand for protein. This increase of demand has forced the price of fishmeal to increase in land sustainable innovations are critical to combat this issue. Insect feed farms have risen up to combat this issue and has made them extremely attractive for various livestock production systems.
Producing insect proteins as an alternative to the fish and soybean meal that currently dominates the market can be made at roughly 60-70% of production costs. Fishmeal production as feed is currently unsustainable and has lead to the collapse of many fisheries and now is being considered too expensive to use in most farm animal diets.