By 2050, the agriculture system will require feeding almost 9 billion people. The resources present are limited. Growing food to feed the livestock will become a burden. It is prime time to switch to alternative means and develop cost-effective solutions for large livestock. The government, too, has recognized that there is a need to use agricultural waste to create value and employment. Krimanshi works on an unconventional and sustainable system of feeding. It valorizes surplus and food residue into highly nutritious to feed animals.
The Founder of Krimanshi
Nikhil Bora founded Krimanshi in 2015. He is a biotech engineer. He has extensively in-depth researched harvesting and cultivating micro-algae as an alternative food resource. Nikhil has developed the animal feed uniquely that can increase milk production naturally. He has worked for over eight years in program management, training and monitoring, and evaluation with NGOs.
Problems Faced By Farmers of Rajasthan
One farmer mentioned, “It gets freezing during winter. Our cumin and mustard crops get destroyed by the chill. This loss adds to our difficulties. Water scarcity is also a tremendous problem for farmers in Rajasthan. The survival of our cattle is always at stake. With no water, we travel 8-9 kilometers daily to arrange some amount of water.
Nikhil Bora mentioned, “I found Krimanshi to address the problem of feed and fodder deficiency in Rajasthan, where every 4th year is a drought year. The natural ecosystem does not support the agricultural activities, and most of the farmers in the villages depend upon raising livestock for their livelihoods.”
The Purpose of Krimanshi
Krimanshi was started with a purpose, to re-utilize and reuse the resources that are already in place. The startup is not inventing any solutions it is trying to upcycle the surplus, agricultural, and food remains so they can feed the vast cattle population. The aim is to decrease the load on the environment by reusing the waste that is generated either in forests, farms, or urban areas.
Krimanshi works with farmer productions organizations and small retailers in the villages so that the startup can get direct access to the farmers and can provide more cost benefits to our end users. Another farmer mentioned, “I started using the Krimanshi products 4 months ago and since then I can observe a big difference. I have seen the milk production of my cattle increase, the quality is better and the health of my cattle has improved. Milk fat also increased and now I am feeding it to my calves now.”
Benefits to The Farmers
Cows are sacred in India, especially in Rajasthan. Cows are an important source of livelihood for the people living in rural areas. Rural communities have thrived for ages by selling cattle milk. Milk and other products have been the major source of nutrition for these communities. Krimanshi tries to live up to the expectations of the farmers by helping them keep their cattle healthy. By increasing the potential of the cattle to produce more milk and better milk ethically. Krimanshi works with farmer productions organizations and small retailers in the villages so that the startup can get direct access to the farmers and can provide more cost benefits to the farmers.
Helping Animal Shelters
In India, apart from their economic importance, cattle also hold a special place religiously and culturally. Krimanshi supplies their feed to some of the animal shelters that take care of sick and unproductive cattle. One woman working at a cattle shelter mentioned, “We provide the best living conditions for the cattle. We provide water to the cattle and food. Taking care of cows makes me happy.”
Reusing Resources for Animals
With climate change and decreasing grasslands, it is a crucial time for the dairy sector to upcycle and reusing the vast resources that we already have and use this to feed our increasing animal population. We are trying to increase the income of dairy farmers so that they can keep producing the milk to keep feeding the ever-increasing human population.
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