THE EIGHTH COLUMN

FarmVille comes alive: Contract farming a boon to farmers

Every alternative weekend, Chandra Prakash Agarwal, a CA working in Bengaluru, travels to the outskirts of the city to harvest and collect vegetables from the 600-sq ft farmland that he has rented from a farmer in Janthagondahalli. He is among the many who have taken to contract farming — a way to balance urban and rural life. People rent a plot of land from a farmer through various apps to grow vegetables and fruits of their choice. This not only benefits the consumer and the companies, but also farmers, who have seen a rise in their income. Click to read more.