About Kamdhenu Pratishthan
Who We Are

“Kamdhenu Seva Pratishthan” is a non-profitable charitable trust based out of Pune (Maharashtra, India), working on preservation, promotion and ensuring the resilience of the Indian breed of cows. We also focus on organic farming.

Our Mission
  • To protect, preserve, and improve Indian breed of cow

  • To bring more awareness on healthy eating for healthy living with Indian breed cow based organic farming

  • To implement sustainable models that not only manufacture or market Indian breed cow-based products but also preserve nature by conserving the quality of soil, water, and air

  • To improve quality of human health by providing quality and highly rich in A2 content milk

Importance of Cow in Indian Agrarian Economy

India has been an agrarian economy since ages and cow has been its backbone. Without cow’s agriculture wouldn’t have been possible. When fertilizers and tractors were unknown, cow was the only source sustaining entire agriculture. Despite lot of advancements in the use of mechanical power in Indian agricultural operations, the Indian farmer especially in rural areas still depend upon bullocks for various agricultural operations.

With the increase in crop yields from the modern farming techniques reaching a plateau in most of the countries, and the environmental, human health and several other socio economic problems due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides become a matter of concern. Today need is felt for the alternate for modern farming as a sustainable agriculture throughout. In the process of attaining higher levels of food production for matching the demands of the growing population during the last more than 4 decades, emphasis was laid on intensive agriculture practices. The technologies developed in this period have proved detrimental to the natural resource base and the environment in different parts of the world.

In view of resurgence of interest in alternate agriculture in recent years, organic farming has been considered to be a sound and viable option in most of the countries.

The new buzz word nowadays in sustainable agriculture is cow based organic farming which is adopted by many farmers in different countries. Herein, the Organic farming systems have the very highest animal welfare standards. In organic production systems, Animal well-being is understood as living in reasonable harmony with the environment, physically as well as psychologically, meaning that the environment must be of such quality that is within the adaptability of the animal involved. The goals in animal welfare in organic production systems can be combined with the overall goals for organic production.

Some Interesting facts about Cattle population

Domestication of cattle began as early as 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. From ancient times up to the present, cattle are bred to provide meat and dairy. Cattle are also employed as draft animals to plough the fields or transport heavy objects. Cattle hide is used for the production of leather, and dung for fuel and agricultural fertilizer.

Today cows are found all around the world, however the greatest percentage of cattle live in India, as its home to over 330 million cows. Brazil is the home to the second largest number of cows, with more than 210 million living in the country. It’s followed by China, which has just over 100 million cows.

Specialty of Indian Cow

  • Immunity to Disease: Cows are born with immunity to diseases. There is no difference between the ones grazing in the fields or kept in the sheds. This reduces the expenditure on their medical care.

  • Milk: Some Indian breed cows give up to 20 litres of milk per day. Main varieties of Indian milk cows are Gir, Sahival, Tharparker, Rati and Sindhi.

  • Life Activities: Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment. Indian cow has a lower BMR. In draught it can survive with small quantity of food

Benefits of Cow in Agrarian Economy:

Cow helps to provides food and non-food items to the society. Out of many benefits following are the listed ones which;

  • Milk

  • Dung and other animal waste materials

  • Panchagavya

  • Storage

  • Agriculture

  • Environment

Lack of awareness in India

For last few decades, especially since Green Revolution and usage of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and tractors, have dealt a massive blow to importance of cows in agriculture. While productivity levels have improved in short term, it has damaged the farming ecosystem. The damage has been so extensive that now it requires a major overhaul, for which Cow based Organic farming is the only remedy. Not only the artificial chemical fertilizers are damaging the soil and water, but they are also very expensive when compared to Cow based natural fertilizers. Due to this dangerous drive for usage of high productivity and chemical fertilizers, farmers have been lured into believing that they don’t need Cows anymore which has accentuated the agrarian crisis leading to literally thousands of farmer suicides and banks in distress who lend money to them.

An extraordinary situation is prevailing in rural India with regard to livestock. With many parts experiencing agrarian distress, farmers are under financial stress from their main vocation and that has made it difficult for them to afford the upkeep of their livestock.

Lack of awareness in India about the use and importance of cows apart from dairy (and meat, in some states), has kept many farmers from utilizing other cow based products such as cow dung, cow urine etc. for economical betterment.

It is hence of an utmost importance to take up spreading awareness about Indian Cow as a mission!