The success story of Assam's new age entrepreneur Syed Abdul Suit
At a time when unemployment is a burning problem in the State as well as in the country, the success story of Syed Abdul Suit is indeed inspiring.
GUWAHATI: At a time when unemployment is a burning problem in the State as well as in the country, the success story of Syed Abdul Suit is indeed inspiring. Syed Abdul Suit left a lucrative job to start a modern Agricultural input manufacturing industry and now he has 220 people working in his company.
In Assam, there are close to 200 such types of industries running their businesses with highly professional manpower. Despite the stiff competition, Syed Abdul Suit's manufacturing industry Monsut Chem Industries has been able to make a mark for itself. Today, there are three units of Monsut Chem Industries one in Panikhaiti, Guwahati; one in Nellie, Morigaon and one in Kaurbaha, Goreswar (Baksa district). Monsut Chem Industries supplies different modern Agricultural inputs to farmers in Assam and in other parts of the country as well. The quality products produced in his manufacturing units are also exported to Bangladesh and Nepal. Monsut Chem Industries produces mainly organic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, micronutrient fertilizers and different types of yield enhancer for doublung farmer's income.
The youngest child of Syed Ramzan Ali and Syeda Asika Begum, born in a very backward village, Syed Abdul Suit holds a postgradute degree in Agriculture. After completing his early education in his village Nizkaurbaha and Rangia, Syed Abdul Suit went to the Assam Agricultural Univerity (AAU), Jorhat for his higher education. He then completed his MSc in Agriculture from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal. After that, he obtained an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Commerce and Trade (IICT), Lucknow. In 2004, he joined in Godrej Agrovet Pvt. Ltd. In 2011 he resigned from his job and started the Panikhaiti unit of Monsut Chem Industries by investing Rs 20 lakh.
Talking to The Sentinel, Syed Abdul said that he did not take any aid from the government in setting up his industries. Monsut Chem Industries produces different modern agricultural inputs for paddy, different Kharif and Rabi crops and tea plantations. The company also has marketing offices in different parts of the country like Kolkata, Patna, Siliguri, Banaras and Delhi.
"Monsut Chem Industries's Agri Inpur division produces 73 well known products for agicultural use. Our products are ISO 9001:2015 certified, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, and few organic products are NPOP (National Programme for Organic Production) certified. We also have a good market for our products in different parts of our country as well as in abroad like Bangladesh and Nepal. We have started a Life Science division also. Under this division, we manufacture 62 medicines for human use. We have three units for manufacturing medicines – at Nasik, Maharashtra, in Gujarat and in Himachal Pradesh," said Syed Abdul Suit.
Dream big and work hard to turn your dreams into reality, is his advice to the young generation. "I hail from an agri background. Agriculture is in my blood so I had to make a career in a sector related to agriculture."
"Assam's economy is agri-based, with the State's majority population dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. If agricultural production is increased, the State's economy will grow by leaps and bounds. I have travelled to many countries abroad. There, up to 4-5 crops are grown in the fields in a year. In Assam, only one crop in grown in most of the areas and sometimes, even that one crop cannot be grown. The government keeps talking about doubling the income of farmers but this is not happening. Agricultural revolution can also be seen only in some places like Kharupetia, Hojai, Lanka, Tezpur and Barpeta. If in 20 per cent of Assam's croplands at least three crops are grown throughout the year, the State's economy will improve. For this, the government has to take initiatives," said Syed Abdul Suit.
The government must also focus on use of organic fertilizers and increasing the number of cold storages throughout the State, he added. He lamented that due to lack of cold chain and proper storage facility, and proper marketing, many farmers cannot sell their agricultural produce and as a result, perishable agricultural products are wasted. Farmers should be able to reap the benefit of cold storages, he said.
Syed Abdul Suit desires to start his own agriculture institute where people will get training in modern agricultural practices as well as marketing.