Most youngsters wish to land a job in the United States of America, and many professionals work hard for the same. However, one young scientist from Maharashtra quit his job in the US and started rearing goats in his village. A native of Buldhana district, Abhishek Bharad now earns in lakhs.
His father Bhagwat Bharad, a former engineer in the irrigation department, wished for his son to receive a good education and get a high-paying job. Abhishek fulfilled this dream and even landed a job in the US.
Abhishek completed his BSc from Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth in 2008. He then went to the US to pursue his master's in science and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. After completing his doctorate in 2013, he earned a job as a scientist at the university. He worked there for two years but did not feel satisfied.
He expressed his desire to return to the village to his parents, and they immediately accepted his decision. After returning, Abhishek told his parents that he wanted to start an agri-related business.
He took a 20-acre land on lease and then decided to take a goat shelter on rent. Initially, he kept around 120 goats in the shelter. However, he had twice the number of goats in one year, and it has now increased to 350.
Abhishek takes pains to ensure the welfare of his goats and personally ensures that their shelter is kept clean. He has also grown maize and millet on six acres of land for his goats to feed on. Abhishek presently makes a profit of Rs 10 lakh from his goat farming business. With the number of goats increasing in future, the profit will also increase.
Abhishek wishes to help other people succeed as well, and thus, gives guidance to young farmers. For this purpose, he has formed a group to conduct free workshops for farmers. Many farmers in Maharashtra have benefited from this.