Chennai: Akshayakalpa Organic, India’s first certified organic dairy company and producer of the country’s most popular organic milk, today established a stronger footprint in Tamil Nadu with the inauguration of its Model Organic Dairy Farm at Pooriyambakkam village in Changalpattu District, about 90 km south of Chennai.
Named Akshayakalpa Velan Kudil or ‘farmer’s home’, the new model farm is a replica of its highly successful mother farm in Tiptur in Karnataka.
Akshayakalpa works with more than 850 farmers in Karnataka and with 300 farmers in Chengalpattu District.
Akshayakalpa expects to deliver fresh and healthy organic milk and dairy products to more than 2,00,000 discerning customers over the next five years.
Akshayakalpa Organic Founder and CEO Shashi Kumar told UNI that the farm would be manufacturing seven products including milk, ghee, panneer, curd, cheese and yoghurt.
“At present of the 300 farmers associated with our dairy farm, we are procuring milk from 65 farmers and selling 3,500 litres of milk per day. In the next one year, we plan to increase the capacity to 7,000 litres per day”, he said.
The company will have three forms of marketing strategy to sell its products in Chennai to begin with–direct sale to customers, e-commerce platforms and retail stores.
Though the company’s are already been marketed in Chennai for long after procuring it from its facility in Tiptur for the last three years, from March this year onwards the products will be packeted at the Chengapattu farm and marketed.
On the quantum of investments, Shashi Kumar said Akshayakalpa Organic has so far raised two rounds of funds to the tune of Rs 117 crores in July last year from discerning investors, British International Investment (BII) and Zerodha led by its Founder and CEO Zerodha.
A part of the funds raised from these two investors has gone into the setting up of the Chengalpattu model dairy farm, he added.
“Since 2019, the company is working with a 20-member team with the 65 farmers with a small office space. The new Chengalpattu farm will be full-fledged one with a processing plant. It took 3 years for the company to set up this plant”, he added.