Kamrup (Assam), March 17 : The setting up of a food processing plant in Boko area of the State's Kamrup District of Assam has changed the lives of the people of the area.
By establishing the food processing plant called 'RITTY' in Boko region almost a year back, Pranab Mohanta has been able to provide employment for youngsters of the district.
Pranab Mohanta, who comes from an agriculturist's family, graduated in science from Guwahati University. He founded the food processing unit through a loan. The youngsters, who consider farming as not 'dignified' profession, have changed their views.
BOKO area is known for it production of oranges, pineapples, bananas, and other vegetables. The farmers, who had to search for markets are not able to process the fruits and vegetables in the distict itself.
The food processing plant turns out canned and bottled fruits and vegetable products. The production amounts to 15 to 20 tonnes per week. It also exports its products to South America and other parts of the world.
Deepika, one employee said: "Here we make slices with the help of equipments and alsoake pickles and other home made products. We get employment."
Gita Devi, another employee said: "I have learnt a lot after coming here. Earlier, I used to sit idle at home. We make pickles and earn money. It's nice to be here and I am enjoying the work."
Pranab Mohanta, however, says: "Whenever there is a Bandh, it causes heavy loss to the farmers. This loss is not only of the farmers but of the whole nation."
Mohanta's concern about the frequent Bandhs in the State is shared by most of the young people whose life is affected .
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