‘Harit Dhara’ is an anti-methanogenic feed supplement with methane emission reduction properties. This carbon offsetting technology with its nature-positive benefits, was recently launched at the Godavari Cooperative Milk Union, Kopargaon, on June 21, 2023, on the occasion of the 19th death anniversary of the visionary leader of Western Maharashtra – Shri. Namdeo Parjane Patil, former Chairman of Godavari Khore Sahakari Dudh Utpadak Sangh Ltd., Kopargaon and a strong supporter of BAIF and its Founder – Dr. Manibhai Desai for livestock productivity improvement and reduction in environmental pollution.
On this occasion, this environmentally-beneficial feed supplement produced by BAIF, was distributed to a large number of livestock owners and milk producers from Kopargaon, Ahmednagar district and its neighbouring villages, in the gracious presence of Dr. Hemant Vasekar, Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Government of Maharashtra, Dr. Sheetalkumar Mukane, Additional Commissioner, Maharashtra, Shri. Rajesh Parjane Patil, Chairman, Godavari Cooperative Milk Union and Mr. V.B. Dyasa, Regional Director, BAIF. This formal launching ceremony highlighted the joint mission of various stakeholders such as BAIF, Cooperative Milk Unions and the State Animal Husbandry Department in promoting nature-positive feed supplements with scope for improved livelihood and enriched environment. Dr. Manoj Aware, Chief Thematic Programme Executive, Animal Nutrition & Climate Action, BAIF, highlighted the critical role of nutrition in livestock, methane emission mitigation strategies and contribution of ‘Harit Dhara’ towards a green economy. Artificial Insemination Technicians associated with the livestock development programme of BAIF Maharashtra, were felicitated on this occasion for their significant contribution to sustainable livestock development.
A MoA signed in September 2022 between ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) and BAIF, has entrusted BAIF with licencing and commercial production rights of this Nature-positive feed supplement.