What is TDM (Team Desi Milk) ?
TDM is an evolving module for Urban Direct Participation in Rural Sectors (UDPRS), an arm of Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology Trust – Sub Centre Bangalore (SSIAST SCB)., with the prime focus on organizing the rural agriculture sector for Organic Farming practices, which is re-integration of Animal Husbandry and Cultivation methods. Wherein farming community directly interacts with urban procurers and exchanges tangible ideas to implement for the future of bio-reserve conservation. TDM is a non-commercial, yet sustainable group led by volunteers and members of SSIAST SCB., from both urban and rural populace.
What is Desi Milk ?
Milk begot from BOS-INDICUS native cows, which are the natives of bio-reserve wrt sub-continent. Desi / Native Cow Milk is universally called A2 Milk which is found to be most suitable for all types of homo-sapien. Speciality of A2 Milk is that it contains Beta Caesin Protein which helps improve defense mechanism and helps restore calcium and potassium loss in young mothers and children. Fat of A2 milk is digest-able and ayurvedic doctors recommend the same even to the people with coronary illness too. Desi Milk got from TDM supply is from healthy HALLIKAR cows. There are over 32 Bos-Indicus Cow breeds in the sub-continent as of now, and are spread according to climate zones. Hallikar is for South of Karnataka. There were originally 78 Bos-indicus Breeds pre green revolution !.
What does packet milk contain ?
Mostly packet milk contains A1 milk from Bos Taurus Breed of Cows, like jersey, red danish, holstien, gurnesey. , which is mixed with buffalo milk, and preservatives such as Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide (acid creating reactive chemical formulations) are added. The fat begot from A1 milk digests slowly and is more suitable for homo-sapiens with geneset from Europe. The most dangerous aspect of A1 milk is that it contains BCM-7 a degenerative protein which makes milk an opiod substance and gives impetus to chronic diseases, and dangerous diseases like fibrosis and sclerosis which even Europeans have realized and are cross breeding their cows with our cows!. You may find enough of this information on internet which will give you impetus to rethink on the lines of evolution. mtDNA analysis of the species Bos Taurus and Bos Indicus says that Bos Indicus (desi cows) Species are not just acclimatic, but also universal and most evolved among bovines., and contains more melalin which is not so in Bos Taurean Breeds which are being imposed on our dairy industry.
Where does TDM collect its milk ?
TDM collects its milk from the villages amidst hills & dales of Kanakapura, Sathanuru, Sangama, Mahadeshwar Hills, Chamarajanagar and Kollegal. These hills n dales are known for best fodder which includes herbs., and cows here go to forests to graze in herds and come back on their own to shelters by evening. Fortunately Bos Taurean breed can’t survive such rugged hilly terrain and thence there are no Bos Taurean Breed in these area. This area has Karnatakas largest population (3.2 lacs) of Desi / Native / Bos-Indicus Bovine. TDM is thence poised to interconnect these villages, and give impetus to co-ops which will in future support the movement by integrating vegetables, food grains and rural forest produce..all grown or produced sans dangerous chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. TDM has 24 Collectives, and are yet to cover 2700 villages in the area.
Can one witness the TDM daily routine ?
YES. All are welcome. Home stay will be made possible shortly. But yes some of the Urban procurers have already visited some villages.
How does TDM ensure quality ?
With low cost operations TDM is able to fund minimal infrastructure like lactometers, sterilized cans and volunteers are trained to test the milk by taste and smell. Sooner TDM will be equipped with equipment at village level supplied by NDDB. Plans are also on anvil to have bio-gas and solar powered plants for boiling milk, making curds and ghee at rural level., infact the ghee sold at several organic shops are from TDM collectives!. TDM has enrolled 500 farmers under PGS ORGANIC certification project under Ministry of Agriculture. Also, TDM supplies todays milk today! And does not skim the milk., or even cold skim for ghee making as its an unhealthy practice.
What about the pricing policy ?
TDM envisages on the path where farmer gets atleast 60% of what a procurer pays, thence the effort for direct link-up with urban procurers. This is in the view of FDI in retail sector, which gives impetus to GM Crops & Imports from the friendly nation like China, which has our basmati and millets grown clinically and inorganically to flood the market. To organize the disorganized rural sector is the prime focus of TDM on intellectual level of co-operation and knowledge sharing which is the strength of the urban populace. TDM thus ropes in resource persons from Urban Intellectual class to walk the talk. For example present price of Milk is Rs 50/- a liter, can be easily brought down to Rs.35/- if volumes come in. Similarly for organic vegetables the price need not be hyped up if TDM supply is strengthened.