Archita Ray: Hatching Success
Northeast Today|March 2017

Owned and run by a woman, M/S Kanup Hatchery in Amtali is one of the first private hatcheries in the state of Tripura. Northeast Today brings to you the success story Archita Ray, a woman entrepreneur, who defying all odds, has made her mark in a male dominated field of business.

Pinaki Das

Earlier except a small government hatchery at Gandhigram, Tripura has been totally dependent on the state of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal for importing poultry. Chickens used to come via air from Kolkata and was irregular in supply and expensive.

But a young women entrepreneur, taking a tough challenge, started the first private hatchery in this small Northeastern state and is successfully running it for the last 20 years.

Archita Ray, then a young arts graduate full of zeal to do something on her own, instead of the general attitude to get a government job, chose to start her own hatchery in the state as there was no privately owned hatcheries in the state then.

In 1997 initially under the entrepreneurship development scheme of NEECON, Ray took a few months of training in the government hatchery and with a government loan of Rs 5 lakh, started her hatchery.

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