Every Last Thursday of Gregorian month, Bikalpa an Alternative jointly organize the “Last Thursday’s” event at Biratnagar in collaboration with Hotel Namaskar, Makalu Television and Merryland College (BBA) Biratnagar. Objective of the program is to disseminate the ideas and knowledge about entrepreneurship through the personal sharing of successful entrepreneurs. Also the program creates an opportunity to do networking and share ideas among the participants.
On 29th December 2016, Entrepreneur Bimal Wosti joined us for the 34th series of ‘Last Thursdays’ at Hotel Namaskar for a discussion on the existing scenario of industry in the Biratnagar with over more than 100 people.
The program started with moderator Basanta Adhikari, Bikalpa an Alternative Director addressing the audience. He introduced everyone about the program and shared the objective of program.
Mr. Wosti delivered a message that captivated and energized the hundreds of young students who had gathered on the “Last Thursday “Program. Addressing the crowd in Nepali, Wosti drew from his own life story and spoke of his struggles as Entrepreneur. He started sharing his success and struggle to the budding entrepreneurs and students in the form of the stories. Staring from his early life Bimal Wosti was born in a small village at Jhate VDC Morang. In his early career he was involved in Computer business. After that he was also involved in Politics for some time.
He started his entrepreneurial journey being a Lemon farmer. He shared that there was barren land in his village. He got an idea to farm the land and do some agriculture production. Formally starting his farming from 2069 5oo plants of lemon tree. Now, till date he added more 3000 lemon plants in his farm. In his earlier days of farming He used to get the objections for doing the work. There were not supportive hands for his work. He was also quite disappointed with education system of our country. Adding to it he said Sine we are Agricultural Country. Education System has not given the priority for the farming occupation in Nepal. There is a discrimination in professionals with educations labor and the labor farming. The farming occupation, is taken as the lowest level of labor in our country. He is on the mission of organic farming. There is more use of the pesticides in the production but he has emphasized on the reduction of pesticide use organic pesticides for the farming.
Challenges and Suggestion or Upcoming Entrepreneurs
During his till journey he found that there is an intermediaries who just take away profit and hike the price. This chain should be broken so that farmer can get right price of their product. Also he had found that due to lack of proper management of government the farmers are not getting subsidizes for farming. His key note to youth and upcoming entrepreneur was Involve youth in farming rather than they going out to foreign land. Focus on making employment of youths in field of farming make growth and add value to the country economy. He is also campaigning for making the Jhate village to be known as “Lemon village”. For this he is providing technical support and marketing support to the villagers. His ideas and struggles as an entrepreneur were a great listen and managed to inspire those present to become job-creators rather than job seekers in the program.