Livestock start-ups have provided high-tech solutions to the livestock sector

A group of new entrepreneurs are turning to the agricultural, dairy and livestock sectors

Some of the farms managed under end-to-end control by a Start-up for strict quality control are located far from the national capital, practically touching the Pakistani border.

This Start-up, mainly made up of young people, has built a network of farms and the ecosystem necessary for the milk taken from the cows to arrive at the collection center more quickly and without contamination. It distributes A2 natural milk under the “DesiGo” brand in the B2B and B2C domains.

Start-up Bhairaj Organics Private Limited oversees every step of the process 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the milk is tracked from the udder to the collection facility and is therefore charged at a premium due to quality assurance.

The same insurance allowed Bhairaj Organics Private Limited to participate in the Livestock Department‘s “Start-Up Grand Challenge 2021”. Not only did they enter the competition, but they were also named one of 12 winners.

“We have installed cameras everywhere. Every step is carefully monitored. In this way, we have ensured not only the quality, but also that we will be able to handle any problems that may interrupt the supply chain “Mahaveer Singh of Bhairaj told IANS in Delhi as he arrived to accept the award.

As a remote location, they face challenges, especially in terms of internet access. “We are also working on this. At the moment, we have developed a technique that allows recording to continue regardless of internet availability, allowing data to be downloaded even if the signal is only available for a short time” , did he declare.

Due to the success of the system, more farms are expressing interest in implementing it and more entrepreneurs are planning to replicate it.

A group of new entrepreneurs are turning to the agricultural, dairy and livestock sectors in hopes of turning them into profitable businesses by adding value to production or creating methods to lighten the burden on small farmers.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, in collaboration with Startup India, has launched the “Animal Husbandry Start-up Grand Challenge 2.0” to find creative and financially viable solutions to six challenges in animal husbandry and dairy industries.

“We found several companies doing good work with farmers and wanted to reach out to the most vulnerable farmers and animal owners. The challenge presented unique difficulties for which local responses were sought,” according to a ministry official. Since there are many valuable technology solutions available on the market for those who can afford it, “homemade solutions” are important.

The six problem statements were: development of cost-effective, long-term, user-friendly alternatives for storage and delivery of semen doses; Development of cost-effective animal identification (RFID) and traceability technology; Development of heat detection kits; Development of pregnancy diagnostic kits for dairy animals; Improvement of the existing milk supply chain from the village collection center to the dairy factory, and Development of a low-cost milk cooling and storage system and data logger.

During the ‘Unnat Pashudhan Sashakt Kisan Conclave – the Conclave of 75 Entrepreneurs and the Exhibition of 75 Indigenous Cattle Breeds’ held here on June 1, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and the dairy industry, presented the winners in six categories.

Another winner was Prompt Innovations Private Limited, an Ahmedabad-based startup that provides energy-efficient and long-lasting milk cooling. India is the largest milk producer in the world, but the lack of cooling facilities makes it difficult to transport milk over longer distances.

Prompt’s “MilkoChill” is a rapid milk chiller that helps increase product shelf life directly at the source. Apart from the various benefits, it mainly helps to prevent milk spoilage.

Simsupa Electronics Private Limited, Machphy Solutions Private Limited, Koshbio Private Limited, iVET LLP, Flexdrop Technology Private Limited, Statlogic India Private Limited, Ravi Prakash, Atsuya Technologies Pvt Ltd, Humawings Private Limited, Seragen Biotherapeutics Private Limited and Seragen Biotherapeutics Private Limited were the other winners.

There were nearly 150 entries. Before the winners were announced, there was a three-step judging process.

The 12 winners would receive up to three months of incubation, matchmaking with mentors, labs and testing facilities, as well as business and investor training. Virtual master classes would also be available.

First published: June 14, 2022, 09:48 IST

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