Sunday, March 01, 2015

Akshayakalpa - A brief introduction


Akshayakalpa- Promising an organic future
Akshayakalpa is a first of its kind and unique private sector initiative to incubate rural-entrepreneurship based business models in Indian agriculture landscape. Akshayakalpa vision is to elevate Indian agricultural production practices from existing subsistence to enterprise level, there by generating attractive livelihoods opportunities for rural youth.

The key elements of an efficient enterprise - adequate capital, optimal technology and best management practices and market orientation are being integrated into rural agriculture based enterprises. Towards this Akshayakalpa is working closely with village youth and farmers to setup profitable and sustainable rural enterprises as a first step towards creating wealth in our villages.

Akshayakalpa is also setting up procurement and processing industries in villages for value addition to agricultural commodity at the source of production and hence derive right value for the produce, meantime create substantial employment opportunities. This is aimed at avoiding distress sale of agriculture produce season after season. Akshayakalpa is actively exploring strategic new market segments and innovative strategies to market the value added agricultural produce.

Akshayakalpa is driving hub and spoke model for production, procurement, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities, where decentralized production systems owned and operated by farmers and centralized processing, marketing and services centers managed by Akshayakalpa shall drive the transformation of Indian rural landscape. With this villages will emerge as economically independent and vibrant communities.

Organic Food: Gaining significance world wide
Discerning people across the world have realised the benefits of going organic. Organic food sector is growing owing to the increased awareness and responsive markets. Indian organic agriculture movement is growing and attracting enlightened farmers to take up organic cultivation. In this context, Akshayakalpa have poised itself to lead the way with first of its kind organic milk production and processing facility of substantial scale in Indian dairy sector.

Building Organic Infrastructure
As a first step towards grounding rural-entrepreneurship based business models, Akshayakalpa have launched a movement to setup integrated organic dairy clusters to promote dairy enterprises in villages. The infrastructure comprises of:

•300 satellite farms with 25 cows each within 30 KM radius of the processing plant near Tiptur.
•Innovative technologies and process automation will be incorporated into the satellite farms to enhance quality of milk whilst reducing human drudgery, hence resulting in economically viable farming enterprises.
•The farmers will be provided with end to services like agriculture extension, veterinary, bank linkages, insurance and marketing.
Milk will be chilled at the farm immediately after milking, thereby reducing the chances of bacterial growth in the milk.
•Cold chain shall be maintained in all milk handling cycles - production, procurement, processing and distribution and delivery till consumers door step for the first time in the country.

Milk from Akshayakalpa: Time to make the change
Take a closer look at your glass of milk
It is common knowledge that there is regular use of steroids, female hormones, antibiotics in cow treatment and cows are fed with urea along with concentrate feeds. Unsanitary and unscientific cow housing being the order of the day, and the cows are tied and are forced to lie on their own fecal matter causing mastitis, hoof infections, diarrhea and umbilical infections of calves and host of other management deceases. Impact of such stressful conditions will be very obvious on the quality of milk.  This coupled with unhygienic milk handling and lack of chilling facilities at farm level compound the problem. As a consumer is that what you want in your glass of milk?

A refreshing change that benefits all
Happier Cows make Healthier Milk
Under Akshayakalpa organic milk production protocol, ethical treatment of cows and cow comfort takes precedence.
Every dairy farm is designed to provide essentials comfort factors like protection, plenty of air and ventilation.   Cows are not tied and can either rest under the shade of trees in the paddock areas or on mattresses provided in the specially designed cow sheds. Cows have easy access to green fodder based and diets and water all through the day. Green fodder is specially grown under organic production protocols.

Every cow is monitored electronically for its health status, movement and milk production, 24 hours a day.  Based on such monitoring and supervision and appropriate treatment measures are initiated if need be.
Veterinary protocol ensures that first treatment approach is to use Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicines. If antibiotics are used in rare cases (to save life) the animal under treatment will be quarantined for a prescribed number of days. Use of any hormones is strictly prohibited.

Mandatory protocol on clean and stress free housing, fodder based diets and veterinary practices ensure milk produced is antibiotic and hormone free. In addition milk will be rich in anti-oxidants and anti aging factors such as omega-3 fatty acids (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) making it the Healthier Milk from happier cows!.

Technology innovation at the grass root level:  Key differentiator
Akshayakalpa have brought in series of innovations in to organic milk production systems. The cow sheds are designed for maximum cow comfort and hygiene. Loose housing system with 24/7 access to food and water is adopted. Only green fodder based diets are used for the first time in commercial dairy production in the country. Special fodder production and preservation protocols are devised to ensure green fodder availability all through the year.  Innovative and state-of-the-art technologies for automation of dairy farms are employed. This ensures that Akshayakalpa organic milk retains most of the milk proteins and stands out in all quality parameters.

Bringing the organic lifestyle to you
 •Bangalore, the ever evolving city, will be the first one to cherish Organic Milk and Milk products from Akshayakalpa fostered rural enterprises.

•Akshayakalpa’s current focus is to make every glass of milk, organic and hygienic. Initially the Akshayakalpa organic milk will be available in standard milk pouches. Meantime plans are in place to use tetra pack technology for milk packing for increased convenience for our consumers

Organic Milk and Milk Products
•Cow Milk, Curds, Skim Milk, Ghee, Paneer, Khova, Butter.

Akshayakalpa organic milk and milk products are available throughout Bangalore through home delivery channel. Contact us at:  info@akshayakalpa.org; +91 9535388122.
 
People behind this unique Organic Initiative
Akshayakalpa is headed by Dr. G.N.S. Reddy who has co-partnered with other illustrious members from various fields ranging from Agriculture, Veterinary, Information Technology, Engineering, Dairy and Marketing specialists.

Further information and address and contact details:
Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd.
382/2, Sharadanagara, Tiptur – 572202, Karnataka
Phone: +91(0)8134-250045, email: info@akshayakalpa.org,  web: www.akshayakalpa.org

Akshayakalpa Integrated Organic Dairy - An Introduction


  • Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Private Limited (Akshayakalpa) has come into existence to incubate agriculture based rural enterprises and hence elevate existing subsistence farming to enterprise farming.
  • Akshayakalpa has taken up the challenge of promoting rural entrepreneurship in agriculture and food processing sector with aim of value addition to agriculture produce at source of production and hence generate substantial employment opportunities in rural areas.
  • Will harness market forces to procure, process and market agricultural commodities. Model followed will be based on decentralized production and centralized processing without disturbing existing land holding pattern of the farmers.
  •  Shall spearhead use of  appropriate technology in agricultural enterprises to remove drudgery and achieve substantial operational efficiencies,
  •  As a first step Akshayakalpa have take up organic milk and milk products production, processing and marketing as a means to  setup agriculture based rural entrepreneurship driven business models.
  • This is a first organized effort in organic milk and milk products production, processing and marketing of substantial scale in the country.
  •  Akshayakalpa will setup a central milk processing plant and this will be run by women’s commune with support from Akshayakalpa professional team. The central unit will have facilities to process milk into various milk products.
  •  Along with the central processing plant there will also be a central herd of 500 elite cows to produce elite heifers and bulls for breeding purpose across the country. Central processing plant and farm will be owned by Akshayakalpa.
  • Akshayakalpa will setup 300 satellite farms within 30 KM radius from the central processing plant. Satellite farms will serve as captive production units for milk production.

Satellite Farms


Satellite farms will be owned and run by village youth/farmers and will borrow approx Rs 20 lakhs directly from Bank(s) with their own collateral and security.

Ø  Satellite farms will supply organic milk to the central processing plant for processing and value addition under an agreement.

Ø  Each satellite unit will have 25 cows and farmers will follow organic milk production protocols under supervision and guidance of the Akshayakalpa.

Ø  Each of the satellite farms will have 5 acres of land with adequate irrigation facility to produce organic fodder. All the animals will be maintained on 100 % fodder diets without any external concentrate feeds.

Ø  To ensure good animal productivity at least 5 leguminous and 5 non-leguminous fodders will be cultivated under organic conditions.  This will reduce cost of production and increase profits to farmers. All the fodder plots will be fertilized only with the cow dung produced on the farm.

Ø  Akshayakalpa will provide end to end solutions and services to satellite farmers to produce certified organic milk conforming to international standards. The best technology will be adopted to maintain milk production at optimum and economic level. All the farms will be centrally monitored through computerized tracking systems.

Ø  All the farms will be adequately automated for operations like daily recording of animal temperature, monitoring for pre-clinical mastitis, heat monitoring, fodder harvesting and fodder chaffing and cow wise milk yield measurements.

Ø  Exclusive milking parlors equipped with automatic milking systems are installed in all the farms.

Ø  Each satellite farm will have a chiller integrated with the automated milking systems to cool the  milk immediately after milking to 4°C

Ø  The data generated in individual farms will be relayed in real time to the central monitoring station where veterinarians will be available round the clock and required veterinary care will be provided. Every cow will be tracked for daily milk production, temperature, mastitis and heat symptoms to ensure highest productivity.

Ø  Farmers will receive advisories on the performance of the farm in terms of milk production, cow wise monitoring for disease status and productivity, culling advisories and insurance status.

Ø  Cow sheds are exclusively designed to ensure maximum cow comfort. All the cows are provided with rubber mattresses

Ø  Cows are not tied and will have free movement within the paddock. Cows will have free access to water and fodder 24 hours a day.

Ø  In the normal course animals will not be treated with antibiotics. Herbal and homeopathic drugs will be preferred. Wherever antibiotics are to be used for saving life the treated animals are taken out of the herd and the milk will be separately taken out and disposed.


 For further information contact:
            Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Private Limited
            382/2, Sharadanagara, Tiptur – 572202, Karnataka, India
            email – info@akshayakalpa.org