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Affordable cattle feeds from upcycled wastes!

Krimanshi upcycles food & farm wastes into affordable nutritious dairy cattle feed inputs to help dairy farmers produce more milk naturally!

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Each year millions of tonnes of farm waste is burnt o in India. Tonnes of grains and vegetables are left to rot either due to poor logistics and storage or merely due to an excess yield. It's sad to mention that despite all this excess, much of India's agri lands are especially cultivated just to produce fodder for cattle; adding to the load on natural resources and additional GHG emissions. Krimanshi is a triple bottom line company venturing into cattle feed production from farm, forest and urban wastes with a bold mission to reduce GHG emissions in dairy sector. We focus on manufacturing low-cost, high-quality concentrate feed and silage for cattle. From 20% increase in milk production to upcycling food waste, this movement has been making a gradual and sincere impact in its domain. With increased momentum, we have the potential to address cattle rearing, waste management and unemployment simultaneously.  

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our primary beneficiaries are the low income dairy farmers who are always on a hunt for cheaper feed alternatives, cannot afford high protein dairy feed and are therefore unable to sustain profitable milk production. These typical dairy farmers own 2 to 10 cattle each along with some goats. They usually end up spending high on cattle upkeep compared to earnings from milk production. They also work as seasoned labors when there is no crop and live under USD 3 per day/HH on an average. Essential to our venture are also the groups of people working as scavengers who collect food and farm wastes from urban, rural and forest regions and help us process and manufacture feed products. These groups live secluded lives as they could not fit into other social engagements and are looked down by society. They live life of nomads always trying to find better social acceptance and sustainable jobs.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Because of lesser rains and decrease in grazing lands, cattle are mainly fed on poor quality dried fodder. There is high adulteration in regional low-cost feeds while high quality concentrates and protein isolates are out of reach of dairy farmers. Feed producers do not engage in after sales problem redressal and market linkages. We ensure round the year supply of affordable palatable green fodder and high quality silage by upcycling fruit leaves, crushed fruits, vegetable wastes etc. which are brought in daily to urban fruit and vegetable centers. We also manufacture hydroponics fodder/ ferns, concentrate feeds and organic mineral mixes making us the one stop solution for all cattle nutrition requirements while forming a closed loop solution by providing online problem redressal support. We add additional feedstuffs to animal nutrition supply chain, taking off the burden on existing feedstuffs which equally find their way in human consumption like grains, oil seeds etc.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

We solve the problem of cattle nutrition at grassroots by: 1) Ensuring feed supply by upcycling food, farm and forest waste into low-cost nutritious cattle feeds and by 2) Spreading awareness on cattle nutrition and problem resolution via onground workshops and online problem redressal platform. +

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

It was in 2011 when I was consulting 2 regional NGOs in Jodhpur. One worked on water availability where I understood the plight of dairy farmers while other worked on utilizing local forest resources for food production. But they somehow did not work together because of different aims of sponsors. I found it as a great opportunity to club both the learnings and to devise low cost solution for dairy farmers from local resources to increase milk production.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products daily. This comes from 150 Million (M) small rural dairy farmers engaged in milk production. These farmers wake up to a daily struggle to ensure good quality feeds and fodders for their cattle because underfeeding cattle with low quality feeds decreases the productivity and reproductivity vigor of animal. 50 M of these farmers (rearing about 300 M cattle) are located just in India. Due to limited green fodder and high feed cost, cattle are fed on dried fodder and are even left out open on roads to find food for itself if the farmer is unable to buy fodder. This is the reason you would find cows loitering on Indian roads. But the long stretched months of extreme summers, with temperatures soaring as high as 50 °C and no feeds and fodders to feed cattle, severely impacts the milk production and hence the nutrition and incomes at grassroots. Loss of livestock amid such harsh conditions further pushes rural families into poverty.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We are partnering with NGOs, CSRs in Rajasthan who work directly with farmers in Rajasthan. We have partnered with Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) under Ambuja Cement Foundation who have a network of over 2,000 farmers. This FPO has established retail shops in villages to provide cattle feed at lower costs to their member farmers. The sales have added to extra revenue for the FPO and the product has helped farmers to achieve larger milk production. We have also received grant from Rajasthan Government who is supporting us to certify and standardize our newer range of products.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The community we work in mostly comprise of youth age group who are looking for jobs and businesses. With our intervention and increase in milk yield, we are seeing an increase in interest among youth to indulge in dairy setup and milk production.

Geographic Focus

Rajasthan, India, Asia.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

We are working towards majority adoption of our products. We are looking to expand the pilot significantly and to provide the product or service to majority of our intended user base in Jodhpur, Jaipur and Pali districts of Rajasthan. We anticipate to scale up our efforts in these three districts in 30 months of time.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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