Determination and Courage Lead to Success
- Ms. Vevohulu Churhah hails from an agricultural family at Rukizu Colony, Pfutsero. District Phek, Nagaland.
- She spent her early childhood assisting her mother in doing agricultural field for growing field crops & vegetables.
- Pursuing her education at the same time, she graduated in the year 2010 in the field of arts & literature.
- She worked as an accountant in a private school till 2016. She decided to venture out with a dream of becoming a successful agripreneur.
- She set up a piggery unit with 9 breeding sow and a boar jointly with a friend by investing little financial resource. A freak of fate, all her pigs were wiped out by an epidemic of classical swine fever.
- “Failure is the pillar of success” – Vevohulu believed it and decided to try another enterprise.
Training & Motivation
- Khaki Campbell is known to be the best layers of all the domestic ducks. Khaki Campbell ducks lay about 280 to 300 eggs per year (more in the first 2 years) and, with proper management, will continue to lay well for 4 - 5 years. Campbell’s lay their first eggs between 5 – 7 months of age. Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers and withstand cold, hot, humid, or arid climates very well.
- In January 2018, Ms. Vevohulu Churhah approached KVK-Phek for guidance & technical assistance.
- In March 2018, she undertook duckery project with 200 of Khaki Campbell breed from KVK after attending a scientific duck farming training organized by the KVKPhek.
- A total of 100 duckling were provided under NABARD sponsored programme being implemented by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) and she also contributed for another 100 nos.
- Rearing was done in free range system with night shelter. The birds were supplemented with commercial compounded feed twice a day following a brooding period of 45 days. Ad libitum drinking water was provided. The male female ratio was maintained at 1:9. Additional drakes were disposed/sold at 20 weeks.
- With counsel on proper feeding, housing and health care, the duck matured and started laying late August 2018 that paved a way for generating income. Now, she is an established entrepreneur and has plan to further expand the enterprise considering the demand.
- Ms. Vevohulu succeeded with her duckery venture. She achieved a great success with Khaki Campbell ducks producing nearly 40,000 nos of eggs over a period of one year and supplied to nearby market.
- The eggs were fresh, large size and palatable. The entire produce was sold in the local market due to high demand of eggs and meat in the region.
- The eggs are sold at Rs 10/- per egg. The eggs have a regular space in the tiffin of the school goers and farmers in the locality.
- Ms. Vevohulu Churhah was also trained in proper cleaning, grading and packaging of eggs to get premium price in the market.
- The eggs with proper labelling on nutritive values in an attractive 6 egg pack were marketed in outlets in pfutsero town.
- Ms. Vevohulu Churhah was highly benefitted from the duckery enterprise. She has also diversified her source of income. With the money earned, she started a livestock feed, supplement and duckling supply outlet at Pfutsero town to benefit the farmers of the district. With the mounting business, she now employs 2 youths.
Impact on other Farmers
- Seeing the success of Ms. Vevohulu many farmers have started commercial duck production in the district. In addition to 18 commercial farmers, near about 40 backyard duck farmers have taken up the enterprise.
Details of Income from Duckery Enterprise is as Below
||Cost of Ducklings (200 ducklings X Rs 40/ducklings)
||100 ducking from NABARD Spon. Scheme
||Cost of feeds(upto 20 weeks) 12.5 kg/bird X 190 ducks X Rs 25/kg
||Commercial compound feed provided upto 20 weeks. 5% mortality is considered
||Cost of feed(from 21st week to 76th weeks) @ 100 gm/day (385 days X 145 birds X 0.1 Kg/bird X Rs 25/kg)
||130 ducks and 15 drake were maintained
after disposing 55 drakes
||Calcium and mineral supplementation
||Sale of 55 additional drakes (Avg 2kg) @ Rs 350kg
||130 female and 15 drake were maintained after disposing 55 drakes
||Sale of eggs(5 eggs/week/duck) for 64 weeks (39520 eggs @Rs 10/egg)
||Considering 5% reduction in sale due to egg cracks,misshapen eggs, home consumption, gift etc
Source : Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
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