Didar Singh Bains

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Peach King of California,USA

  • Didar Singh Bains was born on January 10, 1939 in a small farming village of Nangal Khurd in the district of Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India.
  • Didar’s father, Gurpal Singh Bains, left for the US when Didar was ten years old.
  • At the age of 14, Didar started farming in his village and supported his family until he left to work in the USA himself at the age of 18.
  • Didar Singh Bains is of the best-known Punjabi Americans in Yuba City and globally.
  • Despite his humble origins, Bains emerged in the postwar period as the largest peach farmer in California and one of the largest in the world.
  • He is widely known as the “Peach King” due to his success in farming.
  • Mr. Bains has played critical roles in founding Sikh institutions and festivals in Yuba City and globally.
  • He wields political influence in California, Washington, D.C. and in India, and he is an influential philanthropist in the South Asian diaspora.
  • Mr. Bains started to learn driving tractors and irrigating orchards for 75 cents an hour and later bought his first peach orchard. He continued buying farm land and in 1978 he had become the largest peach grower in California.

Profession/Designation Farmer
Location USA
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