The Brahmagiri Development Society in Wayanad planning to open 1000 outlets in Kerala to extend its production throughout the state. The society is focusing to increase the income by over three times in the next financial year. The Brahmagiri Development Society is an initiative to help farmers to self-sufficiency through Meat production.
In 2017-18 fiscal BDS earned around Rs 16 crore, more than 80% growth from the previous year. The Kerala government allotted Rs 10 crore to increase its meat production facility in the last budget.
Brahmagiri Development Society
The Brahmagiri Development Society (BDS) came into existence in 1999 as a special purpose society through Agriculture (Dairy) Department order, registered under Charitable Societies Act with an objective of playing an active role in assisting the farming community in Wayanad attain self-sufficiency. At present, Brahmagiri Development Society has 13500 individual members and 27 institutional members. And have around 110 employees altogether. Former MLA P Krishna Prasad is the chairman of BDS.
The very purpose of the initiative is to form the launch pad for the agrarian dreams to effectively tackle fluctuation in market prices for their products; thus instilling self-confidence in them to make substantial progress rather than battling for survival. The project also aims at empowering the farmers to tap modern technologies and mechanisms to improve their financial condition. Brahmagiri Society realised the need of launching group farming that only through such group initiated activities that the exploitation of the middlemen could be ended.
The excess income of the society will, in turn, come to the producer itself. Ever since its commencement, the Brahmagiri Development Society has been conducting various training programmes in the dairy farming sector. The activities included scientific fodder production, construction of cattle shed and biogas plants, distribution of Azolla plants and implementation of Watershed Development programmes with the assistance of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Western Ghats Development Programme (WGDP).
The latest product from the Brahmagiri Development Society's stable is the 'Malabar Meat', a revolutionary initiative which is an innovative community-based farmer-oriented project. High-quality beef, mutton, rabbit, and poultry products are processed and packaged at the BDS's multi-species meat processing plant located at Manjadi near Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad district. The state-of-the-art plant, spread over 13 acres of land, processes stock procured through various self-help groups registered with the BDS.
The Brahmagiri Development Society is poised to expand its horizon of farmer-friendly activities with support from all quarters. The Brahmagiri Development Society had been associating with Dairy Cooperative Department, Animal Husbandry Department, Local Self Government Department, Agriculture Department, Western Ghats Development Cell, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Veterinary Department etc.