BAGLUNG, June 21: Dan Bahadur Thapa of Rangkhani in Jaimini Municipality-10 has become a role model for youths in his locality.
Thapa, who started commercial poultry and pig farming 10 years ago, is earning good income today. Through his agro ventures, the young farmer, who braved scorching heat in Qatar during his foreign employment stint, has proved that one doesn't have to go to foreign land to earn.
Thapa has four pigs and around 300 layers chicken in his farm. He has been saving around Rs 400,000 annually by selling piglets and eggs.
“The bitter experience in foreign land encouraged me to do something in my birthplace. Today, I am earning good money through pig and poultry farming,” he added.
Thapa has invested about Rs 1.2 million in his farm. “After deducting all my farm as well as household expenses, I am saving around Rs 400,000 annually,” he added. “A sow breeds three times a year, giving birth to 12 to 15 piglets.”
The young farmer recently sold 56 piglets. A piglet fetches him around Rs 3,000.
Farmers from different parts of the country come to his sty to know more about pig farming. “I started this livestock business with my own effort and capacity. Now, even the officials of Department of Livestock Production and other organizations are coming to visit my sty,” he added.
Thapa also sells more than 200 eggs on a daily basis.
Buoyed by the success of his ventures, Thapa is planning to expand his business further.
He is also the chairperson of the management committee of a local school.
“I worked 17 hours a day in Qatar for 46 months. Later, I felt that I can earn the amount that I am earning in Qatar in Nepal itself,” he said, explaining the reason behind starting his own ventures in his birthplace. “I earn Rs 30,000-35,000 in a month. It is the same amount that I used to draw as a salary in Qatar,” he added.