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Milk, Cows, Organic Farming, Agriculture Entrepreneurship | Shashi Kumar, CEO of Akshayakalpa 1

 

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Summary

In this episode, Tanmay Shah interviews Shashi Kumar, the founder and CEO of Akshayakalpa, an organic milk company. They discuss the concept of organic milk and the importance of cows in Indian culture. Shashi explains that organic milk is produced by following traditional farming practices and ensuring that cows are treated well and fed organic fodder. He also addresses the concerns of vegans and explains that milk is a complete food with unique nutritional benefits. Shashi talks about the significance of cows in Indian agriculture and the various products offered by Akshayakalpa, including milk, ghee, honey, and vegetables. He also explains the difference between A1 and A2 milk and the safety of consuming raw milk. Akshayakalpa focuses on a different segment of the market, catering to the premium milk segment. They cannot compete with giants like Amul and Nandini, who address the majority of the market. Akshayakalpa’s milk sells at a higher price due to its premium quality. They aim to increase the wealth of farmers by providing them with a higher percentage of the revenue from milk sales. In this conversation, Shashi Kumar discusses various aspects of dairy farming and the importance of sustainable and ethical practices. He explains the differences between buffalo milk and cow milk, highlighting the higher fat content and solids-not-fat (SNF) in buffalo milk. Shashi emphasizes the importance of clean water for cows and buffaloes, as a significant portion of milk is water. He also discusses the concept of dwarf cows and their popularity as pets. Shashi shares his vision for the future of farming in India, emphasizing the potential for sustainable and regenerative models. He encourages young people to consider farming as a viable vocation and aims to create 5,000 role models in farming. Shashi also addresses the challenges faced by farmers, including societal perceptions and the need for a shift in mindset. He reflects on his own journey from working in the tech industry to returning to farming and highlights the importance of reconnecting with traditional farming practices. Shashi emphasizes the need for responsible packaging and recycling in the dairy industry. He encourages consumers to question the source and production methods of their food and to support farmers who prioritize profitability, environmental consciousness, and food safety.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Organic Milk
02:43 Understanding Organic Milk
04:57 Sustainable Farming Practices
08:11 The Genesis of Akshay Kalpa
10:12 The Entrepreneurship Angle
13:13 The Significance of Cows in Indian Culture
14:57 Importance of Soil Health
17:18 Addressing Veganism and Milk Consumption
21:22 The Importance of Cow Breeds
23:54 A2 Milk and Akshay Kalpa Branding
24:57 Organic Farming and Certification
26:56 The Meaning of Akshay Kalpa
27:50 Akshay Kalpa Products
30:41 The Shelf Life of Akshay Kalpa Products
32:29 The Process of Milk Collection
34:57 Challenges in Organic Farming
38:34 Competition with Amul and Nandini
44:51 The Market for Milk in India
44:57 The Role of Technology in Farming
45:43 The Vision of Akshay Kalpa
47:52 Working with Farmers and Soil Organic Carbon
52:01 Tips to Increase Soil Organic Carbon
57:55 Comparison with Other Dairy Brands
01:00:06 Different Models of Dairy Operations
01:03:13 Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
01:04:02 Buffalo and Camel Milk
01:04:57 Consumer Awareness and Responsibility
01:05:10 Other Types of Milk (Bison, Donkey)
01:06:31 Artificial Honey and the Importance of Bees
01:07:59 Understanding Toned Milk
01:09:09 Process of Milk Separation and Paneer Making
01:11:09 Difference Between Country Delight and Amul
01:14:02 Dwarf Cows and Traditional Breeds
01:14:57 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
01:15:09 Excitement for the Future of Farming
01:16:33 Future Plans for Akshayakalpa
01:19:07 Childhood Memories and Discouragement from Farming
01:20:35 Transition from Wipro to Farming
01:23:38 Investing in Cows through Platforms like Rangde
01:25:42 Importance of Ghee in Indian Culture
01:27:59 Leather Industry and Use of Bulls
01:30:42 Difference Between Grain Fed and Grass Fed Cows
01:38:58 Encouraging Packaging Return and Reuse

Takeaways

Organic milk is produced by following traditional farming practices and ensuring that cows are treated well and fed organic fodder.
Milk is a complete food with unique nutritional benefits, and there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that A2 milk is better for health than A1 milk.
Cows have been central to Indian agriculture and are considered sacred in Indian culture due to their multiple benefits.
Akshayakalpa offers a range of products including milk, ghee, honey, vegetables, and eggs, all produced using organic and sustainable farming methods.
Raw milk can be safe to consume if the cows are free from diseases like bovine TB and brucellosis, and it is important to heat raw milk before consuming it.
Akshayakalpa products are available for purchase through their app, as well as on various e-commerce platforms and retail stores in select cities. Akshayakalpa operates in the premium milk segment, targeting a different market than giants like Amul and Nandini.
Their milk sells at a higher price due to its premium quality.
Akshayakalpa focuses on increasing the wealth of farmers by providing them with a higher percentage of the revenue from milk sales.
They aim to improve soil productivity and increase soil organic carbon to enhance agricultural productivity. Buffalo milk has a higher fat content and solids-not-fat (SNF) compared to cow milk.
Clean water is crucial for cows and buffaloes, as a significant portion of milk is water.
Dwarf cows, such as the Punganur breed, have gained popularity as pets.
Farming in India has immense potential, and sustainable and regenerative models should be prioritized.
Societal perceptions of farming need to change to attract young people to the profession.
Consumers should question the source, production methods, profitability, environmental consciousness, and food safety of their food.
Responsible packaging and recycling are important in the dairy industry.

Shashi Kumar

Founder

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