Bibhu was a teacher in Kalahandi, Odisha, but in 2007, he quit his job to do paddy business. Everything was fine till now, but a new twist in his story came when he made an innovation. This started earning him 20 lakh rupees annually. Bibhu changed the rice bran to “black gold”.
- Last Updated:January 21, 2021, 2:51 PM IST
New Delhi. This is the story of Bibhu Sahu. But a little different from other stories. Bibhu is from that Kalahandi in Odisha who lived in the news for a time due to starvation. Bibhu was a teacher in the same Kalahandi but in 2007 he quit his job to do paddy business. Everything was fine till now, but a new twist in his story came when he made an innovation and started earning 20 lakh rupees annually from it. The story of Bibhu, who turned rice bran into “black gold”, has been published by the website The Better India. Learn how Bibhu, the owner of Haripriya Agro Industries, spoke in vain in the fire to make rice husk a source of income. Given…
“Kalahandi is the second largest producer of rice in Odisha. About 50 lakh quintals of paddy is cultivated here every year. After the paddy business, I also decided to step into the rice mill business in the year 2014. Dozens of para-blowings here There are companies, which treat rice. It produces a large amount of husk. Only in my mills, about 3 tonnes of husk is produced every day. Here, usually, the husk was dumped in an open area or Then it was burnt. After running the air, it causes difficulty in breathing and eyes. There was a lot of damage to the environment. Many people of the locality complained about this. Seeing the growing complaint of the people, we packed the husk , Started keeping in the warehouse. But, soon there was shortage of space.
I could not understand anything. Then, I did some research. I came to know that rice bran can be used as a thermal insulator in the steel industry. It contains 85% silica. Therefore it is quite good for use in steel refractors. In this way, when burnt husk is used in the boiler, it does not cause too much pollution due to high temperature.
Had done the research but the real problem was its implementation. Then somehow I raised money and also visited an Egyptian steel company. Made a proposal to that company with a sample. He showed his interest and asked if it could be made available in powder form. I said it would be difficult, because it can fly in the air. Then, after much discussion, it was decided that the husk would be exported in the form of a tablet. I had talked to the company but a new challenge has come up. I did not know how to shoot. That’s why I called experts from many states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal. However, nothing came out. A poultry farm was also approached to understand the process of making pallets. However, this attempt also went in vain.
For the next few months, I spent all my resources on research. I felt my concept is not practical and I almost gave up. But, at the same time, one of my staff asked for some time to resolve it. After this, he went to his village and came with four people. Then, with his help, we did some experiments and we were successful. Initially, it took a few weeks to get the palette in the right shape. Our pellets ranged in size from 1 mm to 10 mm. Now I wrote emails to companies in France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom to conserve this consignment. Finally, our first shipment went to Saudi Arabia in 2019.
The companies liked this product very much, because the pellet was very well lit. Also, they were quite cheap and their quality was good. In the year 2019, I earned 20 lakh rupees by selling 100 tons of pellets. In this way, we changed the husk into black gold.