An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni has developed a dairy farm in his native village Odisha&’s Kendrapara district that is catering to the needs of local people. Locals are reaping benefit from the farm by buying pure unadulterated milk less than the market price. Taking a break from a hectic schedule of his job at a private university in Bhubaneswar,Nihar Ranjan Beura (50), visits his native village at Dumuka under Marshaghai tehsil on weekends to look after the farm that boasts of 32 hybrid high-yielding cows. “The sole objective to set up a diary farm was to make available pure milk to my native villagers at reasonable price. Besides I have been able to provide employment to at least 10 families in the farm”, Beura said.
The farm is being run on no-loss-no-profit basis. The return from sold milk is being spent of rearing the cows, he said. The project is now two-year-old. I may have earned money in an overseas jobs. But the success of the project has given me immense pleasure. After finishing from a high school in Marsaghai and Intermediate Science in Kendrapara college, Nihar did M. Tech in Industrial Engineering and Management from IIT, Kharagapur. “I was only one year-old when my father, Sunakar, and my five year old elder brother died in the 1967 cyclone. My mother,Sunandabala,who became a widow at the age of 25 was a source of inspiration for me. “Some time back, I was struck by how little it had changed in the village.In my childhood, my mother used to eke out our family by selling milk from our four cows. I made up my mind to rear cows in our village. I purchased 35 jersey cows three years back for Rs.8 lakh. I spent Rs.10 lakh to build cattle shed. Now 32 cows give around 300 litres of milk daily in my farms and in a no profit and no loss basis the farm staff sell milk in the village and its nearby areas. Twelve families of our village make their living by working in the farm. Three acre land close to the farm has been developed for fodder farming.
“I’m also organising yoga, meditation and spiritual events…I was born with nothing;I grew up in this village and I owe the village people a lot” said Nihar who heads SAP practice in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. I quit job in the US and decided to settle at Odisha…” “Career counselling by Nihar Sir is of immense help to the poor students. It has given us the much-needed exposure to local college students”, said Subhash Rout who studies in a local college.