Savitri increases milk production through improved husbandry practices
India is one of the leading milk producers in the world with well established actors across the dairy supply chain. Dairy is an important source of additional income to poor farmers. But as most poor farmers lack access to affordable credit and training on improved husbandry practices, it is often difficult for them to reach the market and get good value for their milk. IM works with its partner ATI to increase farmers’ productivity and ensure them they get a fair price for their produce.
Savitri Devi, 60 from Mandal valley in Uttarakhand is part of a producers’ group formed by ATI. The group received trainings on improving their diary productivity and planting appropriate fodder for their cattle. Savitri has also received a chaff cutter which cuts fodder into smaller pieces making it easier for the cow to digest as well as helps to avoid fodder wastage. She is also practicing a new way of preparing compost manure- vermicomposting, which increases the quality of the compost. This also helps to make the compost compact as a result of which it takes much less effort to carry the manure to the field, reducing Savitri’s work load. With better management of her farm, Savitri has been a gradual increment in her cow’s productivity. Right now she has one dairy cattle which gives 17-18 liters of milk each day. She sells it to a local collector at INR 25-30 per liter. Her annual income from milk is around INR 162,000. The increased income has motivated Savitri and her husband to expand their cattle farm and they hope to add another cow soon.