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IIM Calcutta graduate turns dairy farmer

Updated: Oct 09, 2016 08:43 IST

Ajmer (Rajasthan), Oct. 9 (ANI): Ankita Kumawat, an Indian Institute of Management Calcutta post graduate has turned into a dairy farmer in Ajmer. Ankita looks after the Maatratav Dairy and Organic Food Company .

Leaving a white collared job and a comfortable life in a corporate sector and running a dairy farm in her paternal village in Ajmer was not easy decision for Ankita, but her zeal to help her father made it easier to take.

Her father took voluntary retirement as an engineer from the government services years ago and opened a dairy business, and after sometime, Ankita joined the venture to provide pure and unadulterated food items to people in and around Ajmer.

Talking about the project, Ankita said, "Earlier we used to sell from our counter, but now, we have started home delivery. We are also delivering organic fruits, vegetables, masala and honey."

"Earlier, I was the employee, but now I'm the employer. It has been tough road. Not much income is there in this field. I had to take out money from my pocket to run this dairy as the profit margin was very low initially," she said.

"Our society and its thinking is changing day by day and their lifestyle is also changing. There purchasing power has also increased. Whenever we talk about organic products, then they think it is something backward, and nowadays, the market is full of adulterated food items. It is the duty of every vendor to make sure that pure quality food are being sold by them to the public and our aim is to provide adulteration-free products to the people," she added.

Talking on the question of gender parity, she said, "There is no work that a woman can't do. We come from a society where women are bagging Olympic medals and men are participating in beauty competitions. You just need to believe in yourself to achieve it."

On the recent trends in jobs and the desire for migration, she said, "It is unfortunate that our farmers are shifting to cities, migrating from their farms and searching for jobs, but in my case, it is totally opposite. We should conduct good agricultural practices (GAP), less use of pesticides and less damage to soil, and I am sure our future is bright, as people can't leave food. Big industries are being drawn to farming and solar energy. This is the best time to join the farming industry and a bright future awaits Indian youth."

Speaking about her inspiration Ankita said, "There is a popular saying that to become a successful businessman you have to do hard labour for 1000 days. I have gone through this journey with a smile, so, success is bound to come." (ANI)

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