Bikash Bharali, a progressive farmer from Assam's Golaghat District, who runs a modern dairy farm provides an example of self-reliance that the youth of the region can follow.
Thirty-one-year-old Bharali is one of the few dairy farmers in Assam who has a modern farm with the latest milking machines.
His childhood dream was to become a successful farmer and he got a diploma in Piggery and Dairy farming from Wye College in London.
He returned to Assam in 2004 and set up a dairy farm in 23 acres on the outskirts of Bokhakat town.
"The State Bank of India supported me to start my farm. Then I grew slowly. Today, it's quiet big. We are now thinking to mechanize the whole system, reduce the stress on our people, save on time, and give freedom to the animals," said Bharali.
Bharali, who owns 23 Jersey Cows and six calves, has an annual turnover of Rs. 8-9 lakhs, and is a source of inspiration for the educated unemployed youth of the state.
"We have now got a milking machine. We can milk four cows at a time. It's saving time. My people have taken it in a very interesting way, and they like it. We do cut grasses with the machines now. That is helping in saving time. Few months back we used to sell our grass in the market, from that we got some money and we are putting a 120 metre fence now," he added.
Four permanent workers and nine daily wagers are employed at the farm.
"We work here, and I get many benefits in returns. I can send my children to school for education. If things improve further then I hope that I will benefit and have a bright future," said Bobby Borah, a woman farmer.
The youth in Assam are now channelizing their energy towards bringing about a positive change in the society and improving the socio-economic condition of the people. (ANI)