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Bihar: Pearl farm: A new work culture by Sarita Brara August 29,2016   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

While surfing the Internet, Jaishankar, a progressive farmer of Tetari village in Begusarai district of Bihar, came to know of Ashok Manwani, a pioneer in design pearl farming. He lost no time inviting Manwani to his village to train under him. That was in 2009. Jaishankar has since harvested over 10,000 pearls in his own pond by breeding mussels from the Budi Gandak river. “I expect to sell them in one lot to a Delhi trader, who will be visiting the village later this month.” Jaishankar has even uploaded a video of his work on YouTube.

Another farmer, Suyog Kawle, met Manwani in 2007 at an agriculture exhibition in Gadchiroli and soon trained under him. Kawle, who belongs to village Ballarpur in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, started collecting mussels from the nearby Wainganga river and these are now mushrooming in a pond constructed by him. He is yet to explore the market, but sells his pearls to the other farmers he meets at agriculture meets and exhibitions. He says the pearls sell for 250-1,500, depending on their quality. Like Kumar and Kawle, more than 500 farmers have trained under Manwani and are today earning from either pearl culture or simply breeding and selling mussels.

Born into an agricultural family, Manwani had read an article about freshwater


© 2016, The Hindu Business Line.

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