This woman started food processing on small scale, know her story
Immense possibilities in food processing, crop waste will be curbed
Food processing or food processing industry is the best option for good earning because value addition of crops increases its price and also profits. This is a good way to save such crops from getting spoiled quickly. A woman agricultural entrepreneur living in Kota district of Rajasthan is not only making good profits by making soybean products, but is also motivating the people around for food processing.
Dream of becoming self-reliant fulfilled
Suman Sharma, a resident of Balita village in Kota district, comes from a lower middle class farming family. There are eight members in her family including husband, two children and mother-in-law. In such a large family, there were obvious problems in running the household. For this, she decided to work herself. She always wanted to do something on her own. Her dream came true in 2014. Suman Sharma set up a soy processing unit on a small scale in 2014. This small beginning made her the successful woman entrepreneur she is today.
Got help from training
Before starting the Soybean Processing Unit, she took one month training on food processing and value addition from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kota. During this she learned about topics like Processing Techniques, Value Addition, Packaging, Marketing, Labelling, Calculation of Product Price, etc. After the completion of training, she first saw working for 2 to 3 months at the domestic level. After that she set up her own small soybean processing unit. She manufactures many by-products like Soybean Ladoo, Soya Nuts, Soybean flour.
Rooftop processing unit
Suman Sharma started her venture from the terrace of her house as she had no other space. She started it with her own deposit of Rs 2 lakh. Machines were installed for processing by putting tin shed on the roof. She found ‘Siddhi Vinayak’ NGO and ‘Rishi Tanvi’ Self Help Group with 100 women entrepreneurs to promote food processing entrepreneurship. He also obtained the Shop Act Number and ‘FSSAI’ number to become a registered entrepreneur.
Earning in millions
She earns around 40 thousand rupees a month. She earns a profit of about 5 to 6 lakh rupees a year. She also exhibited her products in Delhi’s Organic Festival and earned more than Rs.30. Apart from this, they also produce products on order. For example, she has also got an order to make 200 quintals of amla candy at Rs 300 per kg.
Giving training to other women
After becoming self-reliant herself, Suman Sharma is helping other women around by training them too. She has trained more than thousand women through about 75 training programs. Due to this, she earned about one to one and a half lakh in a year.
There is immense potential in the food processing industry. If farmers want, after a little training, they can easily start it and can increase the profit along with preventing wastage of their crop.
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