Breed Preservation: Samvardhan

Livestock plays a vital role in the Indian economy. About 20.5 million people depend upon livestock for their livelihood. Livestock contributed 16% to the income of small farm households as against an average of 14% for all rural households. Today, no one knows the names of India’s fast-vanishing indigenous cattle breeds anymore and hardly anyone cares. Traditional cowshed management practices are dead and forgotten. India faces an acute fodder shortage that has left drought-hit farmers and livestock vulnerable. These indigenous cow breeds can act as a silver bullet in tackling the impending crisis.

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Donate Fodder for Dairy Breeds

About 20.5 million people depend upon livestock for their livelihood. Livestock contributed 16% to the income of small farm households. India faces an acute fodder shortage that has left drought-hit farmers and livestock vulnerable. In the current situation majority of the farmers are not capable to economically sustain their cattle, thus recognising the need for proper conservation and care. These indigenous cow breeds can act as a silver bullet in tackling the impending crisis.

Donate for Infrastructure

Traditional cowshed management practices are dead and forgotten. We support the farmers and locals for market linkages while strengthening rural infrastructure and conserving natural resources to generate sustained livelihoods by agriculture and dairy farming. The location of intervention is the tribal belts of Nashik and Thane, with mostly bovines comprising of dairy-based livelihoods.

Donate for Water Harvesting

In tribal regions of rural Thane and Nashik, Maharashtra,  although they get plentiful rains the community does not have proper water harvesting practices. For the irrigation for the fodder cultivation for the cattle and other crop plantations, the water supply needs to be arranged by irrigation and conservation. Villages, then, shall have access to continuous water for their livestock. We need to support water harvesting initiatives for 3 dairy clusters for optimal output for the locals.

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SAMVARDHAN – Enriching Indigenous Dairy Breeds
Preserving our indigenous seeds and breeds of livestock shall maintain the lifeline of prosperity and posterity of our civilisation.

Keeping Mahatma Gandhi’s principle in mind, we aim to drive villages towards economic self-sufficiency supported by agriculture and cottage industry. Partnering with social activists and aware citizens, we impart training in organic farming, breed preservation and ethics of good governance. We also facilitate rural livelihood by linking to urban markets.

Livestock plays a vital role in the Indian economy. About 20.5 million people depend upon livestock for their livelihood. Livestock contributed 16% to the income of small farm households as against an average of 14% for all rural households. Today, no one knows the names of India’s fast-vanishing indigenous cattle breeds anymore and hardly anyone cares. Traditional cowshed management practices are dead and forgotten. India faces an acute fodder shortage that has left drought-hit farmers and livestock vulnerable. These indigenous cow breeds can act as a silver bullet in tackling the impending crisis.

In the current situation majority of the farmers are not capable to economically sustain their cattle, thus recognizing the need for proper conservation and care. Bhavyata Foundation supports the farmers and locals by support for market linkages while strengthening rural infrastructure and conserving natural resources to generate sustained livelihoods by agriculture and dairy farming.

Bhavyata Foundation has initiated a rural project for creating a sustainable environment for the preservation of the Dangi breeds in the neighbouring villages of Murbad Taluka of Thane district, along with the rural architecture of water, fodder availability and storage facilities for a perishable commodity like milk. Total Dangi cattle population in this belt numbers up to 3500, which are already sheltered amongst individual residents of villages in their own homes as one of their family members.
Bhavyata Foundation supports the farmers and locals by support for market linkages while strengthening rural infrastructure and conserving natural resources to generate sustained livelihoods by agriculture and dairy farming.

The location of intervention is Vakalwadi village, Murbad Taluka of Thane District, which houses around 320 residents and 220 livestock, mostly bovines comprising of dairy-based livelihoods. The three major areas for support are Infrastructure, Preservation of Breed and Water Conservation.

Training sessions by experts in the field of dairy farming and best practices are made available to the local tribals to enhance their daily milk output.

The milk sector became profitable as a continually growing customer awareness and sensitization encouraged the rural-urban supply chain. In rural areas, it was the infrastructure and handholding of input capital to kickstart a successful dairy enterprise. The following are the findings of a pilot intervention in the dairy industry as a lucrative
model for the Tribal Murbad.

YEAR 19-20 REPORT FOR LIVELIHOODS
Dairy Cluster Impact Assessment
Milk Production and Supply to Cities per day 21 Litres
Supply of Milk per year 7,560 Litres
Dairy Farmers 17
Livelihood Support worth Rs. 7,09,900
YEAR 18-19 REPORT FOR LIVELIHOODS
Dairy Cluster Impact Assessment
Milk Production and Supply to Cities per day 14 Litres
Supply of Milk per year 5,040 Litres
Dairy Farmers 14
Livelihood Support worth Rs. 5,51,600

Infrastructure for housing 150 bovines shall significantly improve the care conditions for improved dairy output. The water facility is critical to achieving sufficient supplementary support to improving the overall health of the bovines, as the summer season is known to take a severe toll. Availability of Green Fodder and Nutrition Feed Management is another significant contribution to the Dairy Output. A cow’s ration should include good quality forages, a balance of grains and proteins, vitamins and minerals. A balanced ration
with high quality chelated minerals, mineral mix, green fodder bundles and water helps to improve calf health, fulfil deficiencies, enhance their immune system, maintain their health, improve digestion & absorption and improve fertility.

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