India: Grower fought poverty by growing flowers

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Srikanth Bollapally’s days are now filled with the glow of success. Residing in Bengaluru, this flower farmer is living the dream he cherished in his youth. At 40, Srikanth is reaping significant profits from his floriculture venture. He cultivates 12 varieties of flowers across his 40-acre farmland near Doddaballapura, Bengaluru.

With customers from all across the country, Srikanth earns a turnover of Rs 70 crore in a year, working with a team of more than 200 people from across rural Karnataka. However, while these numbers seem staggering, the road to success for Srikanth was not a bed of roses.

“I worked for Rs 1,000 per month because I needed the money. It was determination and patience that led me to where I am today,” Srikanth shares in a conversation with The Better India.

Born and raised in a family of farmers in the Nizamabad district of Telangana, Srikanth describes his idea of work to be just farming. “In my head, there was no other profession for me. Farming felt like an obvious choice to me,” he says.


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