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Mr. Amri Mahanayak, A Graduate Unemployed youth becomes Agriculture- Entrepreneur

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bongaigaon, four years old organization has been trying sincerely to engage rural youth in income generating activities in the agricultural sector. As a result of its continuous effort, an unemployed graduate youth has paid attention on agriculture for his livelihood and gradually, he has become a successful cultivator. Mr. Amrit Mahanayak, second son of Mr. Adhir Mahanayak, Vill. Bhetagaon under Bijni sub-division of Chirang district is a dynamic young youth aged around 28years who completed his graduation in Arts few years back. Mr. Mahanayak, like other youths kept himself busy in searching govt. jobs, but within a short period of time, he realized that it is merely wastage of time and energy and he concentrated in agriculture with his own 2.0ha land. He started cultivating Sali rice followed by potato and vegetables; however, he could not earn much profit with traditional agricultural practices. He found that the cost of cultivation of rice is very high compared to the return he earned and got upset with the outcome.

Fortunately, he came in contact with the scientists of KVK, Bongaigaon and attended a training programme on integrated crop management conducted by KVK, Bongaigaon where he could enrich his knowledge level in respect of modern crop production technologies after interacting with the KVK scientists. Initially, he adopted improved sali rice variety "Ranjit" and followed all the recommended practices of sali rice after consulting KVK scientists. Adoption of scientific method of cultivation made the differences in growth and development compared to earlier traditional practice and finally, resulted in very good yield. He harvested rice yield of 5.4 t/ha which was almost double than the last year. With this encouraging result, he then organized a training programme in his village to know the modern crop production technologies of rabi vegetables and potato. Potato is an important crop of his locality, however, farmers could harvest very low yield (12t/ha) owing to poor adoption of suitable varieties as well as scientific crop management practices. After knowing modern crop management practices, he took necessary initiatives for cultivation of potato crop. KVK, Bongaigaon also started one FLD on irrigation management in Potato under Farmer's Participatory Action Research Programme in an area of 1.0ha during the same season. At the same time, he also started TPS cultivation after taking necessary guidance and help from KVK. He adopted all improved crop management practices with special attention to irrigation scheduling at critical stages of crop growth. Under irrigated condition, he could harvest 408qtl of potato tuber from one ha land area and managed to earn a net profit of Rs. 1, 00,000.00/ha. From TPS plot, he got around 120qtl of sizable tuber which he kept in the cold storage for planting in the next season. Along with potato, he cultivated hybrid variety of chilli with full recommended practices in 0.133ha land area and able to earn a net profit of Rs.15, 000.00 within a short period of time. He is now fully concentrating on commercial agriculture and recently, he has procured a power tiller at a subsidized rate from the department of agriculture. He is now very much grateful to the scientists of KVK, Bongaigaon for rendering excellent services to the farming community as well as to him in particular in the field of agriculture.

Looking at his success, many of the local youths have shown their interest in agriculture, more particularly in potato. Mr. Amrit Mahanayak is now a happy young man with a secured future through agri-entrepreneurship and also become an ideal for many unemployed youth.. We the scientists of K.V.K., Bongaigaon are also proud of him and wish him all success

 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bongaigaon, four years old organization has been trying sincerely to engage rural youth in income generating activities in the agricultural sector. As a result of its continuous effort, an unemployed graduate youth has paid attention on agriculture for his livelihood and gradually, he has become a successful cultivator. Mr. Amrit Mahanayak, second son of Mr. Adhir Mahanayak, Vill. Bhetagaon under Bijni sub-division of Chirang district is a dynamic young youth aged around 28years who completed his graduation in Arts few years back. Mr. Mahanayak, like other youths kept himself busy in searching govt. jobs, but within a short period of time, he realized that it is merely wastage of time and energy and he concentrated in agriculture with his own 2.0ha land. He started cultivating Sali rice followed by potato and vegetables; however, he could not earn much profit with traditional agricultural practices. He found that the cost of cultivation of rice is very high compared to the return he earned and got upset with the outcome.

Fortunately, he came in contact with the scientists of KVK, Bongaigaon and attended a training programme on integrated crop management conducted by KVK, Bongaigaon where he could enrich his knowledge level in respect of modern crop production technologies after interacting with the KVK scientists. Initially, he adopted improved sali rice variety "Ranjit" and followed all the recommended practices of sali rice after consulting KVK scientists. Adoption of scientific method of cultivation made the differences in growth and development compared to earlier traditional practice and finally, resulted in very good yield. He harvested rice yield of 5.4 t/ha which was almost double than the last year. With this encouraging result, he then organized a training programme in his village to know the modern crop production technologies of rabi vegetables and potato. Potato is an important crop of his locality, however, farmers could harvest very low yield (12t/ha) owing to poor adoption of suitable varieties as well as scientific crop management practices. After knowing modern crop management practices, he took necessary initiatives for cultivation of potato crop. KVK, Bongaigaon also started one FLD on irrigation management in Potato under Farmer's Participatory Action Research Programme in an area of 1.0ha during the same season. At the same time, he also started TPS cultivation after taking necessary guidance and help from KVK. He adopted all improved crop management practices with special attention to irrigation scheduling at critical stages of crop growth. Under irrigated condition, he could harvest 408qtl of potato tuber from one ha land area and managed to earn a net profit of Rs. 1, 00,000.00/ha. From TPS plot, he got around 120qtl of sizable tuber which he kept in the cold storage for planting in the next season. Along with potato, he cultivated hybrid variety of chilli with full recommended practices in 0.133ha land area and able to earn a net profit of Rs.15, 000.00 within a short period of time. He is now fully concentrating on commercial agriculture and recently, he has procured a power tiller at a subsidized rate from the department of agriculture. He is now very much grateful to the scientists of KVK, Bongaigaon for rendering excellent services to the farming community as well as to him in particular in the field of agriculture.

Looking at his success, many of the local youths have shown their interest in agriculture, more particularly in potato. Mr. Amrit Mahanayak is now a happy young man with a secured future through agri-entrepreneurship and also become an ideal for many unemployed youth.. We the scientists of K.V.K., Bongaigaon are also proud of him and wish him all success
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