Print Edition - 2015-01-15 | MONEY
Politician-turned-poultry farmer sets high goals
Jan 14, 2015-
Mahesh Chaudhary was working as a teacher at Mahendra Multiple Campus in Ghorahi when he became drawn to politics. In 1985, he gave up his job at the college where he had taught for six years and joined the communist movement.
He became a candidate in the elections held by the Panchayat system, but he and Shiba Raj Gautam lost to Pancha candidates Parsu Narayan Chaudhary and Yagya Bahadur Budhathoki.
Following his defeat at the polls, Chaudhary took up poultry farming.
Many called him a lunatic for going into poultry farming after giving up his teaching job at the campus.
But he stuck to raising chickens and subsequently opened a feed factory in Rapti zone. “I have many followers in the poultry business,” he said.
Chaudhary continued to be involved in politics, and in 1992, he was elected to the National Assembly and became a lawmaker. In 1997, he was also named the Minister of State for Local Development.
During the election to the Constituent Assembly in 2008, he became a candidate and won. After it was dissolved without producing a constitution, he returned to his favourite profession—agriculture.
Last year, Chaudhary established an organic fertilizer factory at Belbhar, Ghorahi. He has been involved in the fertilizer plant on a daily basis and his wife Shanti has been helping him. He invested Rs 7.5 million in the fertilizer plant which he built on rented land spread over one and a half bighas.
His objective is to the make Rapti zone a chemical fertilizer-free area within the next one decade.
“The use of chemical fertilizers has harmed the soil,” he said. “Organic fertilizer enriches the soil and helps to increase production.”
Before venturing into the new business, he spent around two years studying the production and use of organic fertilizers. Realizing that farmers would benefit from such fertilizers, he decided to set up a factory and start production.
Organic fertilizer is made from plants and animal excreta and bones. “All the raw materials are obtained locally,” Chaudhary said. “Different types of fertilizers are produced as required for different crops.”
His fertilizer plant produces dust manure, and he has plans to make fertilizer in liquid form soon. Besides organic soil fortifiers, he also produces organic pesticides.
The fertilizers produced at his factory are sold in various parts of the country including Chitwan, Sarlahi and Pokhara.
Published: 15-01-2015 10:14