Youth becomes successful agricultural entrepreneur

Published : 31 Aug 2021 09:01 PM

After completing higher education from different educational institutes most of our youths are remaining unemployed now-a-days being unable to get government jobs in this pandemic period. 

However, some unemployed educated youths have been seeking to provide for themselves by getting involved in income generation through, mixed gardening, agricultural farms, poultry rearing, cow farming and running hatcheries. 

In this way an educated yet unemployed youth of Chuadanga Mohila Government College Para took an initiative to become self-sufficient through Mixed Agriculture Farm and turned his life around. 

The name of the youth is Abdul Kader Sohan. He was admitted in Bojrukgargri Madrasha and passed Dakhila Examination from Chuadanga Aleya Madrasha in 2011. Later he obtained Diploma in Agriculture certificate in 2015. After that, he tried to get into government service but failed. 

Therefore, he decided to set a mixed agriculture farm at the area. With the help of his father and mother he started to cultivate guava, mango and lemon on 2 bighas of land spending Tk 1 Lakh in 2017. 

Now in 2021, he is cultivating different type of fruits like guava, mango, orange and Malta on 27 bighas of land. 

Over 10 labors including women are now working in his farm. His capital has mounted to Tk 30 lakh now. The name of the farm is `Monmila Garden’ and it is known to all of the districts in the country.  

Guava, mango are being produced at the farm all over the year. Orange, Malta, apple and black sugarcane are seasonal crops but one or the other of these seasonal fruits are being harvested there all around the year, Sohan said.

Idris Ali, a labor of the farm told this correspondent that once upon a time he had to pass some days without food but now he is providing for all 6 members of the family including two high schools students smoothly, working at Sohan’s farm.

Mr. Sohan, owner of the farm told the Bangladesh Post, he was hopeless up to 2016. After starting mixed agriculture farm his fortune is beginning to change in to development gradually and now his monthly income is like first class officer. 

According to Chuadanga office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), a total of 379 Mixed Gardens are there in the district. The upazila wise breaks up are-113 in Sadar upazila, 55 in Alamdanga upazila, 90 in Damurhuda upazila and 121 in Jibannagar upazila. Most of them were set up by educated unemployed youths. These entrepreneurs are now followed by other farmers and unemployed youths. 

Deputy Director of Chuadanga DAE Dr Md Abdul Mazed said, “The department has been giving all kinds of supports like imposing modern technology, training, advising against insects attack, advising on fertilizers use at the farm.  We hope that in near future entrepreneurs of the mixed garden and agriculture farm will export their produces to others country.”