INDIAN GOVT AWARDS 12 STARTUPS FOR INNOVATION
On May 9, 2020 the minister of the same, Shri Giriraj Singh, announced twelve winners of the challenge.
AWARD-WINNERS IN INNOVATION IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY- ENCOURAGING START-UPS IN INDIA
The Ministry for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying had announced, in coalition with Start-up India, the 'Animal Husbandry Start-up Grand Challenge'. On May 9, 2020 the minister of the same, Shri Giriraj Singh, announced twelve winners of the challenge.
The aim of the challenge was to bolster innovations in the animal husbandry sector by start-ups providing commercially palatable solutions to address the hindrances faced by the dairy and husbandry sector across the country.
The launch of the challenge was led by the Hon'ble Prime Minister himself, Shri Narendra Modi, in the September of 2019 at a national animal disease control programme organised in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
According to the statement issued by the Ministry, a total of INR 1,02,00,000/- will be given to the twelve winning start-ups as grants.
Different start-ups have been listed as winners under different categories of the competition. A total of 157 start-ups had participated out of which the following bagged the prizes:
Value-Added Products Category:
Krushak Mitra Agro Services Pvt Limited, Mumbai won the prize in this category. The start-up runs a special purpose vehicle to market the products of all farmer producer companies and creates a centralised and sustainable market linkage to market agricultural produce keeping in mind the problems of post-harvest sophistication and how the FPOs are not able to sustain themselves for long due to these expensive business models.
Studio Carbon, an Ahmedabad-based start-up was the runner-up in this category. The start-up is a group of design graduates working together to make sustainable material design. Their project titled Dungse was an in-house pet project that brings a start in the direction of material innovation wherein they used cow dung as their composite instead of the usual raw material.
Category of Eliminating Milk Adulteration:
White Gold Technologies, LLP, Mumbai focuses on creating innovative dairy products using technologies like Data Loggers, Auto CIP System, Robotic Milk Collection Unit, Cow Grooming Brush, Milking Parlours and corresponding software with graphical interface and intelligent reporting, etc. It aims to be the one-stop solution for Dairy Farmers, Milk Societies, Milk Union & Dairy Plants who are all their shareholders, through making provisions of cost effective, innovative, reliable and quality products.
Micro Life Innovations, Chennai is a start-up initiated by the Biotechnology Department of IIT Madras, and a student named Avishek Barla, a 23-year-old undergraduate built a paper strip to check the adulteration of milk. His innovation in easing out the problem under the head of Micro Life Innovations which aims to build miniaturized labs for testing milk adulteration won the start-up the award from the Ministry.
Animal Nutrition Category:
Krimanshi Technologies Pvt Ltd, Jodhpur wants to build a sustainable and unconventional feed system to feed animals by recycling the food that is otherwise wasted and make them surplus in nutrition. They achieve increased productivity, richer farmers, better health and environmental safety through the recycling of food products which are otherwise thrown as residues by the farmers.
Cornext Agri Products Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad solves the fodder crisis in India by promoting Baled Silage to farmers. It supplies Silage Bales, which replaces fodder, to dairy farmers, co-operatives, government and manufactures these Silage Baling Machines which they also sell along with the supply of necessary consumables.
E-commerce Solutions Category
Mooofarm visits communities using a technologically advanced mobile van, metes out hands-on skills via Boot Camps and creates rural start-ups headed by village entrepreneurs. They have developed an app for the utility of farmers so that dairy management practices become more efficient in terms of getting regular alerts, from when a cow is in heat to mapping the entire life cycle of the dairy animal.
AKM Technologies Pvt Ltd, Cuttack is headed by Anand Mishra and Asha Mishra who provide business solutions through software expertise.
Product Traceability Category
EmerTech Solutions Pvt Ltd, Mumbai aims to bring about social change using latest technologies like Blockchain and IoT. They aim to use technology and provide state-of-the-art services to every person belonging to every strata of the society.
NebulArc Technologies Pvt Ltd, Delhi builds supply chains via the life-cycle management of assets. It has IoT-powered, AI-driven orchestration platform, and the BEO introduces transparency and traceability across its entire supply chain.
Under the category of ‘single use plastic alternatives’, no start-up received a prize. Only the winner and runner-up under each problem received a grant of INR 10 lakh and INR 7 lakh respectively.
Incubation offers will be held out to the winning start-ups. The incubator will be responsible for the physical incubation of these start-ups for up to 3 months, mentor matchmaking, research facilities and testing facilities. The start-up operations can be monitored by the incubators for up to nine months following the end of the project.
The challenge launched by the government keeping in view the ultimate aim to encourage young minds to innovate and create is indeed a wonderful opportunity for many to showcase their talents. A number of 157 participants in the category of these start-ups under animal husbandry means that a great deal of talent and invention is brewing in the youth of India. Such events being conducted annually and under separate categories will bolster the growth of entrepreneurship in India and we will have modern solutions to modern problems.
Edited by Shraddha Jha
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