ICT Enabled Goat Farming – A Sustainable Development Model for Farmers: A Case Study of Siddharaj Farms

  • Hemant Chavan Research Scholar, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed To Be University), Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Development, Pune
  • Kirti Gupta Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed To Be University), Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Development, Pune
Keywords: Goat farming, sustainable agriculture, ICT enabled Goat Farming, technology in agriculture, rural upliftment, livestock management, export oriented livestock management.

Abstract

From Stone Age when the civic society actually was getting a basic shape, the first animal who supposedly became friendly was goat (as per research work of various evolution of human thesis). Indeed goats, their management and utilization of goat was the most ancient skill that human beings have achieved without formal education.  Goat farming is not a new enterprise. Goat rearing has been practiced since the time immemorial and is considered as profitable business even today. Commercial goat farming business is contributing greatly to the economy and nutrition of a country. It involves multi-functional utility in the form of rearing goats  for harvesting milk, meat and fiber requiring a very low investment.  Today, many multinational companies are currently looking at this business as new avenue for business. Despite being a lucrative option in terms of return on investment, it is observed that this class of entrepreneurs  are not getting their required share of income – simply because of two factors – no use of innovation/ technology  and lack of keeping in with latest trends and developments in the market   This paper, discusses a case study of Siddhraj Farms, through which the authors intend to highlight the existing setup and propose new setup aided with technology which is most important. The idea of this case study is to create a good and sustainable model for people who would like to have a side income in addition to farming income where unfavorable conditions arise due to natural or manmade issues leading to negativity in life.   The experiment in this litmus test had shown great result and the same model if implemented on larger scale can give tremendous uplift in farmers / low land bank holders.   The authors further suggest a model for adoption by any enterprising farmers for success.  With the usage of technology, this agricultural supported business can actually result in best possible low cost investment with multifold assured return business model.The only requirement is to have touch of technology to thought process of right people.  

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Published
2018-10-27
Section
Articles