Increased unemployment rate have left the youth in the State with limited options for occupation. Most have taken up entrepreneurship and small-scale businesses with the help of MSME schemes of the government. In Assam, one of such unemployed youth, Jiten Kalita has taken up cattle rearing as an option.
Jiten Kalita, a resident of Gauripur in Assam, owns 19 cattle presently, which had started with just one. Kalita supplies 45 liters of milk to the hotels in the area at the cost of Rs 50 per litre. Kalita started his business of cattle rearing with the help of a Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loan of Rs 1 lakh.
Kalita also opened a society named ‘Krishna-Gopal Milk Producing Society’ in 2016 in Gauripur for improved veterinary facilities in the area. However, Kalita expressed dissatisfaction over the veterinary department, for the lack of aid to expand his cattle farm even after repeated proposals. Moreover, he has to face a lot of problems with regards to artificial insemination as he has to collect semen at a high cost without proper guidance of the veterinary officials.
People of the area have urged the veterinary department to come forward and help the willing farmers to open cattle farms and sanction loans at low rate of interest, so that the unemployment problem can be solved partially and the shortage of milk can be fulfilled. This way, consumers need not only depend on homogenized packed milk, which are available in the market.