Engineer helps thousands of farmers increase crop yield by 35%, earns Rs. 10,000,000


Akshay Shrivastav has created LSB fertilizer which can help increase crop yield

Akshay Shrivastav grew up seeing his father, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh Kushinagar district, suffer from various difficulties such as insufficient irrigation infrastructure, rising production costs and inefficient fertilizers, to name a few.

According to Akshay, excessive use of chemical fertilizers reduces agricultural production and pollutes the environment. As water-holding capacity decreases, soil quality begins to deteriorate, leading to increased demand.

“I studied chemical engineering to better understand the situation and explore ways to increase agricultural production,” he told The Better India. “My father’s difficulties on his farm encouraged me to do something to help society.”

As a result, the 23-year-old has created a bio-fertilizer which he claims can increase agricultural yield by 35%, benefiting over 3,000 farmers in India.

During his second year of college, Akshay began his research. “College professors and my family provided financial and technical assistance to me. I traveled to many institutes in Uttar Pradesh such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to complete my prototype due the lack of appropriate facilities in the college.

During my holidays, I also did an internship to help build the product,” he continues. To better understand how he could market his product, he also contacted the sugar and alcohol companies.

In the face of uncertainty

The COVID-19 outbreak occurred as he neared the end of his senior year. Under such uncertain circumstances, Akshay was forced to choose between his goal and abandoning it in search of a job. “Due to the economic uncertainty in the market, the scenario was unpleasant. “After all the progress I had made over the years, I came to a dead end,” he says.

Finally, Akshay decided on his dream project. “I kept pushing myself enough to keep working, and in August 2020, I generated a market-ready biofertilizer using 60 distinct microorganisms.”

Akshay has also created an extremely absorbent pellet that can store 300 times its weight in water and release it gently. “It also contains nanoparticles that accelerate biomass degradation and stimulate microbial activity in the soil.” The combination increases crop yields by 15% to 40%, depending on the variety, and decreases irrigation needs by 33% (according to the NABL report),” he says.


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