Nitil Bhardwaj quits MNC job, employees migrant workers to grow pearls

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He began this initiative with the assistance of six migrant labourers who had returned back to their village during the COVID-19 lockdown. Due to their circumstances, the labourers were forced to go back to Murera village of Dinamarwa panchayat in Bagaha's Ramnagar block.

Nitil Bhardwaj employees migrant workers to grow pearls after he quit his MNC job at a well known company in Delhi.

Nitil Bhardwaj, a 28-year-old who is an aspiring role model for the youth who are looking for employment in Bihar’s Bagha district.

Bhardwaj, who quit his opulent work at an MNC company in Delhi, returned to his hometown last year and began ‘pearl farming’ in his village’s ponds.

Nitil Bhardwaj employees migrant workers to grow pearls

Bhardwaj speaking to NIE said, “On hearing our respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging Indians to become ‘Aatmanirbhar’ by starting local initiatives, I decided to start pearl farming after researching on it and undergoing formal training.”

He began this initiative with the assistance of six migrant labourers who had returned back to their village during the COVID-19 lockdown. Due to their circumstances, the labourers were forced to go back to Murera village of Dinamarwa panchayat in Bagaha’s Ramnagar block.

Nitil has been pearl farming for a year and describes it as a profitable sector. “I began farming pearls in ponds scattered over one acre of soil. There is no doubt that if done correctly, one can earn anywhere between Rs 30 and 35 lakh in eight to ten months “he said.

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Nitil is also active in duck, chicken, and fish farming. These initiatives have radically altered his and others’ economic circumstances.

Nitil describes the process, saying that pearl farming is done in freshwater and he exports oysters he exports from Kerala. “Pearl farming is one of the strongest aquaculture businesses in states like Bihar, where ponds and other bodies of water are plentiful.”

“We need formal training and financial assistance from the government,” Nitil says, adding that one pearl will cost Rs 250 or more depending on its design.

Nitil’s entire family is interested in this project with him. He also trains and hires migrant workers in his village for farming.

Nitil has already found buyers in traders from Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi who are impressed with the consistency of these pearls. These merchants polish and plan the pearls before exporting them to countries such as China and Japan.

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