Harkesh Kumar Balai, Ad hoc Assistant Professor, Dept Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, COA, Indore, RVSKVV, Gwalior
Minakshi Meshram, Ad hoc Assistant Professor, Dept Agricultural Extension, Pt. SKS, College of Agriculture and Research Station, Surgi, Rajnandgaon, IGKV. Raipur Chhattisgarh
Sarita Paradkar & Ravindra Dohley, Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of Agricultural Extension, RVSKV, Gwalior (M.P.)

Mr. Rupendra Chandrakar, from Piparkhar, Chhattisgarh, had done unwavering determination and hard work for their farming. Commencing his journey with a modest 10th grade education, Rupendra embarked on the transformation of his unproductive 15-acre farm into a flourishing agricultural enterprise.

In 2008, he laid the foundation for “Rupendra Badi” in Piparkhar, investing 25 lakhs to revive the fallow land. Over five years of relentless effort, Rupendra converted the once-barren plot into a productive expanse. His journey commenced with soybean cultivation, yielding a modest profit of 5 lakhs. Undeterred by setbacks, he ventured into banana farming with a 12 lakh loan. Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions led to crop spoilage, presenting a formidable challenge.

Undeterred by this setback, Rupendra demonstrated unwavering resolve by taking another chance at banana cultivation. This time, success smiled upon him, and he reaped a bountiful harvest, realizing 25 lakhs in sales. With this windfall, he not only cleared his outstanding loan but also established the groundwork for a sustainable and prosperous agricultural business.

“RupendraBadi” today stands as a testament to Rupendra’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to success. Specializing in the cultivation of cauliflower, tomato, brinjal, and chili, the enterprise boasts an annual production capacity reflecting the dedication poured into each crop. Rupendra efficiently manages the 15-acre farm, employing 25 skilled and 25 unskilled workers.

Beyond agriculture, Rupendra diversified his portfolio by establishing “Rupendra Poultry.” Commencing as an open farm in 1990 (which was his father’s), it transitioned into an AC poultry farm in 2023 with a substantial investment of 75 lakhs. Overseeing the production of broiler chickens, the poultry venture boasts an annual capacity of 36,000 in the open farm and 60,000 in the AC farm, further contributing to the overall success of his agricultural empire.

Amidst challenges like weather, diseases, competition, and market fluctuations, Rupendra strategically navigates the market through brokers in Mandi, ensuring a stable market presence. His poultry farm engages in contract farming with ABIS, earning a reliable income of 10 rs/kg for broiler chickens.

From a 10th-grade graduate grappling with unproductive land to a triumphant agricultural entrepreneur, Mr. Rupendra Chandrakar’s journey stands as a beacon of resilience and perseverance. His transformative tale inspires aspiring individuals in the agricultural sector, illustrating that with dedication and determination; one can overcome challenges and build a thriving enterprise.