26th July, 2020, Bhubaneswar
The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi especially mentioned about Shri Jaishankar Kumar, a government servant-turned pearl farmer from Begusarai, Bihar in his address in “Mann Ki Baat” Programme broadcast on All India Radio today. Applauding the farmers’ spirit for exploring the new avenues to enhance their income, in his address in the 14th Episode of “Mann Ki Baat 2.0” broadcast today, the Hon'ble Prime Minister stressed that these sorts of initiatives are extremely important for making India self-reliant.
Shri Kumar underwent the pearl culture training at the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Later, he went on to establish his pearl culture farm and started producing pearls in an integrated farming model with fish, duck, poultry and vermi-composting. He is one of the successful pearl farmers in the country and is now imparting training on pearl farming to other farmers and migrant workers who returned home due to the COVID-19 crisis. Shri Kumar is an innovative and skillful entrepreneur.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR and Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA also applauded the farmer for his initiatives.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha)