A school dropout rides high, selling donkey’s milk for ₹7,000 a litre

Babu, who has arrange Tamil Nadu’s first donkey farm close to Tirunelveli, is supplying the animal’s milk to a beauty merchandise agency in Bengaluru

Babu, who has arrange Tamil Nadu’s first donkey farm close to Tirunelveli, is supplying the animal’s milk to a beauty merchandise agency in Bengaluru

It’s nonetheless quite common within the cities of Tamil Nadu for academics to chide poorly-performing college students as ‘solely match to rear donkeys’. Besides within the case of Babu, it was a prophetic pronouncement, exhibiting him his life’s path

U. Babu of Vannarpet, a college dropout, has established Tamil Nadu’s first donkey farm close to right here, and has change into a younger profitable entrepreneur promoting a litre of donkey milk for a whopping ₹7,000 to a Bengaluru-based agency manufacturing a spread of beauty merchandise with it.

Although he handed eleventh customary, Mr. Babu determined to place an finish to his research and entered pharma merchandise distribution that led him to the corporate manufacturing 28 unisex beauty merchandise with donkey’s milk. They had been on the lookout for a reputable supply to produce 1,000 litres of donkey milk each month, and Mr. Babu quickly realised that Tamil Nadu had solely lower than 2,000 donkeys and every milking feminine may give solely 350 ml a day and just for a interval of 6 months.

The ‘Poovanur family’ feed, bathe and milk the animals.

The ‘Poovanur household’ feed, bathe and milk the animals.
| Picture Credit score: P. Sudhakar

It was at this level that he determined to start out his personal ‘donkey farm’. One can think about the type of reception he may have gotten from his household when he revealed to them his concept of beginning donkey farm close to Tirunelveli. Even when he tried to elucidate concerning the demand for donkey milk, none of them, together with his spouse, was prepared to purchase it. “However, my efforts continued. I may establish just a few folks from Vriddhachalam district who wander throughout to promote 10 ml of donkey milk for ₹50 to the agricultural folks who imagine this milk with anti-ageing components tremendously strengthens their toddlers’ immune system. And, I’ve efficiently introduced a household with 5 donkeys from Poovanur close to Padaalam to my farm to maintain all 100 donkeys of my farm, ‘Donkey Palace’, created on 17 acres of land taken on lease from a buddy,” says Mr. Babu.

He has Halari donkeys of Gujarat and Kathiyavadi of Maharashtra moreover the nation number of Tamil Nadu. “Whereas the nation selection animal prices about ₹40,000, it’s ₹1 lakh within the case of Halaris which give 1 litre milk a day,” he says. The fodder for the animals like ragi, pearl millet and so forth. is raised on 12 acres because the farm has come up on the remaining 5 acres at Mukkoodal close to right here.

The ‘Poovanur household’ with T. Govindan and his son-in-law A. Karuppaiah now feed, bathe and milk the animals moreover caring for the donkeys in case of illnesses largely brought on by chilly. “We isolate the donkeys which might be affected by a chilly,” he says exhibiting the animals stored in a separate closure.

One of many members of this household, G. Santhosh, is doing his remaining 12 months in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in a school at Kovilpalayam close to Coimbatore, and can also be caring for the donkeys like others. “I don’t wish to be a part of any firm… I wish to be a part of this enterprise by caring for the advertising and marketing division as advised by Mr. Babu,” he says.

The donkey milk with greater than 99% TFM (Whole Fatty Matter) is refrigerated on the farm and despatched to Bengaluru to make the cosmetics together with bathing soaps, lotions for pores and skin and hair care, cream and so forth. Whereas a 130 gram hand-made cleaning soap with donkey milk prices ₹ 799 on e-commerce platforms, it prices USD 16.77 (₹1,299) within the U.S.

“Sure… our product meets all FDA norms there and we’re engaged on coming into the Europe market,” says Mr. Babu, with whom an Indian billionaire’s retail enterprise is holding talks for advertising and marketing these beauty merchandise as he’s now one of many companions of the Bengaluru-based beauty producer.

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