Intelligent productions

Green Today, Greener Tomorrow

Building a sustainable food future by adapting today’s farming for tomorrow’s food through green power

Use Case

In India, milk production falls ≥ 50% for 180-200 days in a year due to adverse climatic conditions. Lack of technical knowledge, money & electricity to run different facilities puts farmers into monetary losses & they end up with less food. Recent climatic changes have worsened the situation further. We explained our idea to farmers in a village of one of our team members and set up a cooling chamber operated by 4 solar panels & batteries for 2 milking cows. It worked well & enhanced milk production by 30% of actual production. Then we explained to farmers how our design can boost milk production by 50-60% by minimizing climate risk & post-harvest losses at farm level. Now we are planning to construct a full-scale dairy farm with the help of government aid & private companies.

Potential

Despite having world’s highest milk production & cattle heads, India is on the verge of importing dairy products. This is because average milk yield of Indian cattle is much lower 8 to 10 kg/day than the 20 to 30 kg/day of developed countries. Cause for this inefficiency of cattle is climatic conditions (heat stress, rainfall & humidity) & post harvest losses at farm level (up to 20%). Our idea is to build climate-smart dairy farms, which reduce the heat stresses & post harvest losses by 50% & turn dairy sector into a business opportunity. This will help in boosting milk production by 50% thus generate a surplus of nutritious food for at least 16% of world population without any strenuous impact on nature. This farm will also generate power, cooking gas & improves rural economy.

Business Case

We have very complex but unique business model. It is a mixture of cooperative, nonprofit, private dairy and pro-poor business community model. Our strategy is to sell 50% of total produce as raw and remaining 50% as high value products. By this way we attracted more customers and fetched 45% more revenue than usual. Our high quality products have attracted more customers and demand is increasing in cities from middle class to high-class families. Moreover, our direct sale at farm gate such as milk and curd are popular among poor villagers who do not have cattle. We have created an interactive platform where investors, producers and consumers can interact. For example, TATA group agrees to help us by providing photovoltaic panels under the scheme of pay as you go.

Objectives:

  1. Build a renewable energy integrated dairy farm to overcome inefficiencies in milk production and post harvest losses
  2. To develop the whole area as model village by providing cooking gas and electricity using renewable energy resources
  3. File patents for certain products and processes to promote them as a DOP, PGI or TSG

Team Intelligent productions

Leuven, New Delhi, Delft, Belgium, India, The Netherlands

Our Team

Post-it / Published December 23, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

Post-it

Post it ideas, questions and problems by Intelligent productions.

GIF Masters / Published December 21, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

GIF Masters

Hello,

We have created a GIF of our prototype.

User testing/Stakeholder interview / Published December 15, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

User testing/Stakeholder interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGMZDG1CQ4E

In order to know the details of dairy production systems and the perspectives of Indian small holder dairy farmers, our team interviewed a dairy farmer. We also asked their opinion on the idea our team is pitching for the TFF Challenge. Please click on the link above for the detailed interview.

Issues with Dairy Chains / Published November 22, 2015 by Mariana Velasco

Issues with Dairy Chains

Dairy chains link the actors and activities involved in delivering milk and milk products to the final consumer; with each activity the product increases in value. Setting up an efficient, hygienic and economic dairy chain is a serious challenge in many developing countries. Among the reasons for this are:

- difficulties in establishing a viable milk collection and transport system because of
the small quantities of milk produced per farm and the remoteness of production
sites
- seasonality of the milk supply
- poor transport infrastructure
- deficiency of technology and knowledge in milk collection and processing
- poor quality of the raw milk
- distances from production sites to processing units and on to consumers
- difficulties in establishing cooling facilities

At Intelligent productions we are aiming to tackle issues related seasonality of milk supply, processing of milk at the farm level and provision of cold storage facilities.

Interaction and awareness session with farmers / Published November 22, 2015 by Nageshwar Patel

Interaction and awareness session with farmers

One of our team member interacting with small farmers and informing them about our Idea and financial resources to avail the facilities. Farmers were convinced and happy to know about our vision

Our Mission

Our team aims at creating sustainable food production systems and our approach is to address the complexities of food systems in a holistic and integrated manner. We aspire to build diversified ways of farming which are not only economically viable but environmentally sustainable while providing food, good in quantity as well as quality. Through our project, we can provide more stable employment for farm workers, generate additional livelihood options, prevent post-harvest losses and provide food security. Food production is also negatively impacted by climatic and environmental changes hence endangering future food security. Thus, Intelligent productions aspire to promote a climate smart and resilient agriculture system which can sustain the burden of the increasing world population.

Our Background

We are four friends belonging to two developing nations, India, and Mexico. Nageshwar is an Agricultural Engineer and Food Technologist specializing in Post Harvest Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has international and national publications and experience related to the post-harvest processing of cereals. Amit is also an Agriculture Engineer with experience of working as an Agriculture finance officer in Axis Bank in India. He has worked in several rural areas and brings with him expertise of financing the rural small-scale projects. Maraina is a Food Engineering graduate from Mexico and has Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Technology and Engineering. Currently, she is pursuing Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in Cell Systems Engineering. Shilpi is a graduate in Botany and has Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Technology and Engineering. She has five years of research experience in impact, adaptation and vulnerability of Indian agriculture to Climate Change and several publications related to the impact of climate change on the yield, growth and quality of food crops. Presently she is enrolled in a program on Energy technology and management. Our team brings together expertise from the fields of agriculture, food technology and environmental technology. We are participating in the TFF challenge to showcase our idea, thoughts and expertise in this field on a global platform and get the much-needed support for our project. Our intention is not only to create a product but a sustainable system for dairy industry which can be used worldwide. The concept of Intelligent productions is the brainchild of Nageshwar. This idea was formulated keeping in mind the trends and drivers of food production, distribution and consumption from village to cities. There are growing threats and pressures on the environment, livelihoods of small-scale producers, animal, and human health. We have closely observed the problems faced by farmers and consumers in our respective countries. In fact, we have been a victim of these problems. Therefore, we have devised an environmentally sustainable model of a food production system which can help in solving the issues of the food sector. This system will not only ensure food security but also cater to the increasing global demand while benefitting the economy and the environment. Our learnings from India and abroad gave us many opportunities to interact and learn from stakeholders engaged in food and agriculture sector. It gave us the sense to take food production to the next level and to prepare this system for tomorrow’s challenges. To start this initiative, the dairy sector was our first choice. Why we choose to pursue this (Dairy farming)? This is because dairy farming has a very high potential to development. It can produce tremendous results with little more effort and can be a part of Great Balancing Act (reduce the food gap, support the economic development and reduce the impact on the environment). Moreover, dairy products are healthy, delicious and their global demand is ever increasing. There are more than 6 billion people worldwide who consume milk and milk products and majority of these people live in developing countries. In South Asia alone the consumption of milk and milk products is expected to increase by 125 percent by 2030. However, poor farm operating conditions and climate change are causing immense inefficiency and economic losses to the dairy sector thus reducing the annual productivity. There are several internal and external factors which influence cattle productivity and milk production losses. Internal factors include low genetic potential and external factors are climatic conditions, lack of post-harvest processing facilities and no power supply. Therefore, Intelligent productions aim at providing solutions to help remove or minimize the external factors which hinder cattle productivity, milk storage and hence the overall milk production.

Post-it / Published December 23, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

Post-it

Post it ideas, questions and problems by Intelligent productions.

GIF Masters / Published December 21, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

GIF Masters

Hello,

We have created a GIF of our prototype.

User testing/Stakeholder interview / Published December 15, 2015 by Shilpi Misra

User testing/Stakeholder interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGMZDG1CQ4E

In order to know the details of dairy production systems and the perspectives of Indian small holder dairy farmers, our team interviewed a dairy farmer. We also asked their opinion on the idea our team is pitching for the TFF Challenge. Please click on the link above for the detailed interview.

Issues with Dairy Chains / Published November 22, 2015 by Mariana Velasco

Issues with Dairy Chains

Dairy chains link the actors and activities involved in delivering milk and milk products to the final consumer; with each activity the product increases in value. Setting up an efficient, hygienic and economic dairy chain is a serious challenge in many developing countries. Among the reasons for this are:

- difficulties in establishing a viable milk collection and transport system because of
the small quantities of milk produced per farm and the remoteness of production
sites
- seasonality of the milk supply
- poor transport infrastructure
- deficiency of technology and knowledge in milk collection and processing
- poor quality of the raw milk
- distances from production sites to processing units and on to consumers
- difficulties in establishing cooling facilities

At Intelligent productions we are aiming to tackle issues related seasonality of milk supply, processing of milk at the farm level and provision of cold storage facilities.

Interaction and awareness session with farmers / Published November 22, 2015 by Nageshwar Patel

Interaction and awareness session with farmers

One of our team member interacting with small farmers and informing them about our Idea and financial resources to avail the facilities. Farmers were convinced and happy to know about our vision

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team aims at creating sustainable food production systems and our approach is to address the complexities of food systems in a holistic and integrated manner. We aspire ...Read More

Our Background

We are four friends belonging to two developing nations, India, and Mexico. Nageshwar is an Agricultural Engineer and Food Technologist specializing in Post Harvest Engineering from KU Leuven, ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.