Nova Dairy and Solidaridad Regional Expertise Centre Initiate Transformative Program in Fatehabad, Uttar Pradesh

Transformative program focuses on climate-smart practices, boosting farmer welfare and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2021, Nova Dairy partnered with Solidaridad Regional Expertise Centre to launch a groundbreaking program in Fatehabad, Uttar Pradesh, aimed at promoting climate-smart dairy practices. The initiative focuses on benefiting farmers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the dairy supply chain.

The program prioritized changes in the housing system to improve animal welfare and manure management, yielding promising results. Notably, there has been a reduction in subclinical Mastitis cases, leading to decreased antibiotic usage, aligning with consumer preferences. Additionally, participating farmers have experienced a 15% increase in milk production and reduced input costs.

Utilizing the Cool Farm Tool, the project measured a significant 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on demonstration farms. Implementation strategies included organizing health camps, providing training, facilitating one-on-one interactions with farmers, establishing farmer field schools, installing biodigesters, and employing early pregnancy urine-based testing kits and California Mastitis tests.

Taking a long-term approach, the project also emphasizes tree planting on dairy farms, featuring species such as Jackfruit, Mango, Kadam, and Flamboyant plants. Furthermore, the initiative focuses on enhancing fodder production by introducing high-biomass, nutritionally rich varieties and promoting soil health practices.

Mr. Ravin Saluja, Director of Nova Dairy Products, expressed the company’s commitment to farmer welfare and environmental stewardship. He stated, “Our dedication to the welfare of farmers and the environment is fundamental to Nova Dairy’s values. Through initiatives like this, we aim to positively impact the dairy industry, contribute to rural community development, and foster sustainable practices. By teaching farmers better livestock management techniques and introducing solutions like biodigesters, we’re not only benefiting farmers but also giving back to nature.”