Transforming Lives - How a differently-abled farmer made a difference to his life?
Tulsiram Bhoi, a 26-year old man living with his wife and an eight-year old son,
at village Kopia of Sinapali block in Nuapada District, is a source of inspiration
for numerous youth in and around the village. Having lost his right leg in an accident
in Hyderabad where he had gone to earn his livelihood, Tulsiram returned to his village,
but only to encounter further disappointment. Unable to meet rising debt, he decided
to sell off his two cows, which he had purchased through a loan facility.
Around the same time, our Gopal, Mr. Rakesh Beg, who was the centre in-charge
for our newly set up ILDC at Makhapadar in the vicinity of the village,
contacted him and informed him about the benefits of artificial insemination
in cattle. Later, AIs were performed on his cows, which resulted in two healthy
When the Trust decided to initiate a pilot programme on the "Milk Procurement
and Marketing" scheme in some of villages in Nuapada, Tulsiram came forward
and requested for assistance. Observing his strong will, he was made a
beneficiary under this pilot milk marketing scheme. We studied the potential
of milk production in the village and the best market facilities in the
vicinity of the village. Through our scheme, we provided training to Tulsiram
for milk collection and testing. We also enabled his selling it to a nearby
milk collection centre of The Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers
Federation, also known as OMFED. After the training, he was given two
cans of 20 litres each with stands, a lacto meter, a measurement set
and other supports.
The pilot program was launched at his village on July 28, 2014 and Tulsiram
started working as a milkman in Kopia. As a result of the scheme and his hard
work, he now collects around 30 litres of milk every day and earns Rs.4,500
per month by selling milk at Sinapali, a nearby township. Tulsiram is happy
with getting a permanent source of income in his own village and has become
an inspiration for the other youth of Kopia.