(A 3 part narrative that includes the Concept and Dairy Farms in Part 1, the Main Dairy plant in part 2 and the Vegetable garden in Part 3)
Akshayakalpa – Rejuvenating Indian Agriculture
Come with me to a land of Infinite Dreams and I will show you how they are being transformed to reality by a team that has cracked the winning code.
Reality that is being crafted, not temporarily but into a state of prosperity that loops in an unfaltering cycle of success, with that magic word called Sustainability.
Akshayakalpa meaning Infinite possibilities or as I would like to call it, Imagination without borders, is the dream that was conceived and implemented by Dr GNS Reddy in 2010. Dr Reddy was the vice president of the Pune based NGO, Bharathiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF). BAIF was founded by Dr. Manibhai Desai with an aim to promote rural development in India. Dr Desai was a Gandhian and hence when Dr Reddy decided to branch off on his own, he chose to create Akshayakalpa on Gandhi Jayanthi, ie Oct 2nd, which is now celebrated as their Founder’s Day.
Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Ltd., is basically a rural enterprise which aims at making farmers self reliant by setting up organic dairies in village farms and then helping them through the entire process from milking to marketing. Rejuvenating Indian Agriculture, is what their noble motto declares !!!
Dr Reddy was joined in this venture by Shashi Kumar who was working in Wipro for 20 years and who along with 8 of his colleagues, decided to quit their corporate jobs and work together and even locally designed and manufactured the equipment that is being used in the milking and testing system, under the brand Stellapps.
By the end of 2016, Shashi Kumar took over as CEO and a streamlining of the processes, led to a catapulting of the company into a whole new state of structured systems and greater success and prosperity.
They are now a team of veterinarians, engineers, management professionals and extension officers, all ably guiding the farmers and ensuring for them a life of dignity, comfort and prosperity.