Jajpur: Leaving behind his job at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mysore, a young engineer from Jajpur district in Odisha is now earning lakhs of rupees in rabbit farming. Today, he has created a unique identity of his own and has been able to support the families of many workers.
Jagannath Maharana of Panikoili in Jajpur district was working as a Junior Assistant at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. But during the Covid-19 pandemic two years back, he was forced to return home at the behest of his parents.
He became attracted to rabbit farming by watching videos on social media. He received formal training in this regard with the help of a relative and later returned home and started rabbit farming on his land in the village. It opened a new avenue of earning for him.
In February this year, Jagannath first started the farm with 70 female and 30 male rabbits. Each rabbit gives birth to five kits at a time. In just 90 days, an average of 350 babies have been born. Most of them are now for sale. Within three months, a rabbit grows to a weight of 2 to 2.5 kilogram. Some buy them to keep as pets and some for the meat.
Jagannath has been able to sell many rabbits both in and outside the district and is now earning a profit of Rs 1 lakh per month. Through this he has become self-sufficient and an example for others.