New Delhi. This is the story of Bibhu Sahu. But it is a bit different from other stories. Bibhu hails from Kalahandi in Odisha, which was once in the news due to starvation. Bibhu was a teacher in the same Kalahandi but left his job in 2007 to do paddy business. Till then everything was fine but a new twist came in his story when he made an innovation and started earning Rs 20 lakhs annually from it. The story of Bibhu, who turned rice husk into “black gold” has been published by the website The Better India. Know from the words of Bibhu, owner of Haripriya Agro Industries, how he turned rice husk, which was wasted in fire, into a source of income. Gave…
“Kalahandi is the second largest producer of rice in Odisha. About 50 lakh quintals of paddy is cultivated here every year. After paddy business, I also decided to venture into rice mill business in the year 2014. There are dozens of para blowing There are companies who treat rice. It produces husk on a large scale. My mill alone produces around 3 tons of husk every day. Usually, the husk was dumped in an open space or It was then burnt. It causes a lot of difficulty in breathing and eyes after the wind blows. There was a lot of damage to the environment. Many people of the locality complained about this. Seeing the increasing complaints of the people, we packed the husk , Started keeping in the godown.But, soon there was a shortage of space.
Couldn’t 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 this steel is good enough for use in refractors. In this way, when the burnt husk is used in the boiler, it does not cause much pollution due to the high temperature.
Research was done but the real problem was its implementation. Then somehow I raised money and also visited an Egyptian steel company. Gave my proposal to that company with a sample. He showed his interest and asked if it could be made available to him in powdered form. I said it would be difficult, because it can fly in the wind. Then, after much deliberation, it was decided that the husk would be converted into a pellet form and exported.
I had come to talk to the company but a new challenge came to the fore. I didn’t know how to make a bullet out of it. That’s why I called experts from many states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal. But, there was no result. Also contacted a poultry farm to understand the process of making pellets. But, this attempt also went in vain.
For the next few months, I devoted all my resources to research only. I felt my concept was not practical and almost gave up. But, at the same time, one of my staff asked for some time to sort it out. 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 pallets in the right shape. Our pellets ranged in size from 1 mm to 10 mm. Now I have written emails to companies in France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan and United Kingdom to clear this consignment. Finally our first consignment went to Saudi Arabia in 2019.
Companies liked this product very much, because the pellet was burnt very well. Also, they were very cheap and their quality was good. In the year 2019, I earned Rs 20 lakh by selling 100 tonnes of pellets. In this way, we turned the husk into black gold.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 21, 2021, 14:51 IST