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An accidental farmer: Techie, who junked IBM job, battles corruption, red-tape to grow 'food he eats'

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Venkat Iyer was a project manager with IBM. At the age of 37, he gave up his lucrative job to go and live in a farm in Maharashtra and grow the 'food he eats.' In his book, 'Moong over Microchips', that's hit the stands recently, the former techie talks about his journey of becoming an accidental farmer, battling red-tape and corruption. At his farm in Peth village of Maharashtra, the 52-year-old is cultivating food, sans pesticides and chemicals. And while he rues the lack of medical care, and poor infrastructure, he hopes that better, realistic policy is formulated to resolve the agrarian crisis.

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