India develops its own unique milking machines

July 15, 2017 – AgFunder reports that an emerging trend in the Indian-agricultural industry has been that of giant domain-focused corporates joining hands with promising young start-ups to bring about ‘Indianization’ of agriculture tools, equipments and practices aimed at increasing productivity and better realization of prices by farmers.


An interesting case in point here is the process of milking by farmers and the choice of tools that is currently available to them. The milking machines that are available in the market are only suitable for HF or similar hybrid cows, and don’t work well with buffalo and desi cow breeds, whereas India produces more buffalo milk than cow milk. Also, farmers in India often keep a herd size of 100-150 cows and they stay far in fields where there is no electricity.

A giant corporate entity, which is a reliable front runner in the manufacture and supply of a complete range of milking equipment, had been importing milking machines from abroad and marketing them in India. Soon, the corporate entity realized that the machines were not what the farmer needed, and the solutions were not cost-effective either.

So the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the business incubator of The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, facilitated discussions between this corporate entity and one of its startups, Sickle Innovations, a farming solutions company. Sickle, which works on improving conventional farming practices through design intervention, has joined hands with this corporate as a design partner to co-develop low-cost milking machines that are suited to Indian conditions and usage patterns.

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