23 December 2019
Jharsuguda: This youth from Lakhanpur village in Odisha's industrially advanced Jharsuguda district can be an inspiration worth emulating for many of our young men, who despite holding an array of degrees are a disheartened lot without a job.
Sushant Pradhan, a post-graduate in Economics from Lakhanpur village opted for farming after failing to get a job of his choice despite running from pillar to post for the same.
Not to lose heart or get frustrated, Sushant decided to go for farming on his ancestral land using modern techniques like drip irrigation and hybrid seeds.
Sushant is now a happy man, who has taken up vegetable farming on six acres of land for his livelihood, has an annual turnover of Rs 12-15 lakh a year. He is not only a self-employed person but has also given employment to 10-11 persons on his farm.
"Currently, I am growing crops on six acres of land using modern techniques like drip irrigation, hybrid seeds, etc. I have employed 10 persons on my farm," said Sushant talking to Ommcom News.
"I was inspired to take up cultivation as my occupation after visiting farms in Raipur. People from Agriculture and Horticulture departments and Satyanand Panda of Ramachandi Krushi Seva Kendra encouraged me to take up farming," he added.
His employees too are a happy lot.
"We are currently growing capsicum, brinjals, tomatoes, bitter gourd, and pointed gourd on our farm. We are earning around Rs 12-15 lakh per annum by selling our produce," said a relative of Sushant.
Sushant first started with the cultivation of paddy and later switched to growing vegetables. It was in 2015 that he grew brinjals on three acres of land and was able to sell his produce for about Rs 5 lakh and since then has never looked back.
He sells his vegetables in nearby markets and also in Raigad in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
However, this successful farmer has a grouse to make, "Had there been a cold storage nearby I would have greatly benefitted. Similarly, had there been a food processing unit I would have earned more and it could have provided employment to locals."