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Learning is earning for women entrepreneurs from the Northeast – Weeklyvoice

January 5, 2024

Guwahati (Assam), Jan 5 (VOICE) Amid the vast stretches of tea gardens and the striking mountain views of Soureni in Sikkim lies the modest dairy farm of Tika Khanal (41). As we enter, she can be seen operating a pressure washer to keep her cowshed spic and span.

Khanal initially tried her luck cultivating desi vegetables and pahenlo makkoi (a local maize variety).

In 2015, she decided to start livestock rearing by acquiring two local goats and cattle each. However, she faced hurdles along the way.

“The animals were yielding low milk even during their peak lactation period. Lack of quality fodder and livestock diseases made it extremely challenging,” she shares candidly.

She learnt about the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at that time when she was looking for solutions to her problems.

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