Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday lauded the efforts of a couple from Odisha for working with farmers.

The couple- Jayanti Mahapatra and her husband Biren Sahu were working as management professionals in Bengaluru. However, they later decided to take a break and come to Salebhata village in Kalahandi district.

In his Mann Ki Baat address, Modi said 'when we talk about animal husbandry, we often stop at cows and buffaloes only'. But goat is also an important animal, which is not discussed much. Many people in different areas of the country are also associated with goat rearing, said the PM.

"In Kalahandi, Odisha, goat rearing is becoming a major means of improving the livelihood of the village people as well as their standard of living. Behind this effort is a major decision of Jayanti Mahapatra and her husband Biren Sahu. Both of them were management professionals in Bengaluru," said Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address.

According to PM Modi, the couple established  Manikastu Agro and started working with the farmers. 

"Jayanti Ji and Biren Ji have also opened an interesting Manikastu Goat Bank here. They are promoting goat rearing at the community level. There are about dozens of goats at their goat farm," said PM Modi.