Projects - Rural

Dairy Development

The Dairy Development Project remains a key focus area of IsFon under its rural initiatives. It aims at extending support to agricultural labourers and marginal farmer’s wives by providing them with a cow and holistic support in dairy management to generate a regular secondary source of income.

Dairy Development objectives:

  • To provide cows to the beneficiaries to help generate an additional source of income through sale of milk and its by-products.
  • To provide animal health care assistance by training them in hygienic ways of housekeeping of cattle sheds and providing primary health treatment.
  • To provide training in livestock rearing including feeding and milking the cows.
  • To provide free vaccinations for the cows and new born calves.
  • Training in development of fodder plots and cultivation of para, napier and azolla fodder.
  • To help improve soil fertility and crop yield using cow dung which is a rich source of organic matter and to gainfully utilise the surplus fodder to feed the animals
  • To provide doorstep services of Artificial Insemination followed by pregnancy diagnosis, vaccinations and primary treatment.

Since agriculture is mostly seasonal, the dairy project helps in generating a continuous alternative source of income of Rs. 8,000 - Rs. 12,000 per month through sale of dairy and by-products for the beneficiaries.

Due to a gradual increase in the population density in and around these areas there is a reassuring steady increase in the demand and thereby sale of milk.

Selection Criteria

Participants are selected based on 3 criteria from among the rural population, in 41 villages:

  • small and marginal farmer family or a land-less family
  • families that own land less than or equal to 2.0 acres
  • families where the Cow is given in the name of women only

Dairy Development includes

  • Selection of aspirants
  • Capacity building
  • Cow purchase
  • Breeding
  • Animal health care
  • Vaccination
  • Deworming
  • First aid
  • Infertility treatment
  • Nutritional feed supplement
  • Fodder cultivation
Mhalungi Village

Crossbreed cow with aspirant Mr. & Mrs. Supriya Sunil Khane & family from Mhalungi Village

Calf Growth Measurement

Calf growth measurement external visitor

Mhalungi Village

External visitor

Project Highlights
  • Distributions of crossbreed cows
  • Income raised by Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,000 per month, through sale of milk
  • Dairy Management training for all beneficiaries
  • Vaccination of cows and calves
  • Development of fodder plots
  • Doorstep Artificial Insemination made available
Dairy Success Story
Karavale Village

Fodder plot of Ms. Vaishali Deepak Patil, Karavale Village, District Raigad

Calf Rally

Calf Rally, Pale Khurd