Alfalfa ( Medicago Sativa also called Lucerne), the queen of the forage crops, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family cultivates as an important forage crops worldwide. Alfalfa is one of the oldest cultivated fodder crops in the world. Alfalfa India planning to produce bulk quantities of alfalfa hay in India and export to the dairy farms.
are although not directly used for human consumption but they are the source of
protein and fat i.e. meat, egg, milk and other dairy products that become
available to human beings through intermediaries like cattle, sheep, goats,
poultry etc. Since feeding alone accounts for 60-70% of the total cost of milk
production, availability of adequate nutritious fodder coming from cheaper
sources assumes greater importance.
Alfalfa India powered by Bhoomi Biofuels Pvt. Ltd a venture envisaged by Mr. Martin Sebastian : Chairman, Ajini Sunny and Anjali Sunny : Board of Directors, headquartered at Mumbai, rendering farm management services to cultivate potential forages in North India. The organization formulated its cultivation and farming strategy by forming consortiums with technical pioneers. We identify potential, practicable, viable and cultivable forages by forming a technically sound aura for its implementation. With the mentioned strengths we are welcoming sound investors, especially dairy farm owners to invest in India for Alfalfa farming.
The promoter is proposing 20% of the total Investment towards the project initiation overheads. The rest of the capital funding to be provided by the investor in 60 days tenure. FUC - Fund Utilization Calendar shall be provided by the promoter.
Win - Win scenarios
Party A : : Investor
Ready land available
Low Production Cost
Close proximity to ports
Low cost manpower
Low Logistic cost ( Both surface transport and sea freight)
Substantial Reduction in production cost
Land appreciation Current rate – 35% more from the current buying rates.
Round the year production of Alfalfa
Party B : : Land owner
Platform for farm development
Product rotation crop
Product marketing and Distribution
At present, the alfalfa market significantly depends on china. We are planning to produce bulk quantities of alfalfa hay in India, and export to the dairy farms of UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc. We have chosen the fertile areas of Maharashtra, karnataka (Mysore, Nanjangud), Tamil nadu (Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram), Andhra Pradesh etc., for alfalfa cultivation. All places are within 100-150 km from seaport. Currently, we have 300 Acres of Land with us. We are planning to expand it by 5000 Acres in 3 years, and 10000 Acres in 7 years, and 50000 Acres in 10 years. Experts in alfalfa cultivation, from alfalfa's origin place (California/Arizona), are with us and their guidance is our treasure. Our seed and planting management are done by them. In the first phase of our project, we are planning to produce around 21000 tons of alfalfa hay. The company is planning to utilize the 300 acres as the company's land share and with investors consortium the total cultivating land shall be expanded to 1300 acres which produce 21000 tons of alfalfa hay in first batch. The paid up capital can be restructured by formulating the land the cost of the 300 acres owned by the promoter.
Alfalfa hay is an excellent source of good quality protein and fiber. Alfalfa is a legume hay and is sometimes called “lucerne”.
These hays are higher in protein and minerals and are more palatable than grass hays. Alfalfa in particular is high in energy and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. When properly cured, alfalfa is the best of the legume hays from a nutrient standpoint. It has the most feed value of all the perennial pasture forages. Alfalfa is used as for horses, dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and other farm animals. With its high nutritional quality, Alfalfa hay is one of the best and most popular horse feed varieties available. Alfalfa is included in the rations for young growing animals, breeding animals, and adult working horses. Its high protein, calcium and vitamin content make it especially useful in balancing rations for brood mares and young growing horses. Its palatability makes it especially popular for horses that are finicky about eating. It is also a popular choice in the export and domestic markets for top producing dairy cows. The hay is high in both protein and calcium and low in fiber. Alfalfa is the best combination source of fiber and protein. We provide the highest quality of Alfalfa. In dairy cows, the protein provided by our alfalfa increases the quantity of milk produced. The correct balance of fiber through feeding of high fiber Timothy Hay increases the quality by increasing butter fat. Alfalfa has a high value as a feed because it leads to a higher yield of milk. The most popular perennial forage legume used in the U.S. because of its productivity, high quality and 3 to 5 year persistence. There is a better scientific understanding of this species than any other forage perennial. There are over 200 named cultivars of alfalfa that exist. A good hay or silage crop, but can also be pastured. Deep taproot makes it more dry weather hardy than other forages. Alfalfa requires higher soil pH than most crops and lots of potassium to achieve production levels and reduce risks of winter injury. Over the past 10 years, there have been some very difficult winters for alfalfa (inconsistent snow cover) and the use of straight alfalfa has lost its popularity. We are seeing more grass grown in mixtures with alfalfa. It can be mixed with most of the grasses, but a balance of the alfalfa with the grass is best maintained when grown on a well-drained, fertile soil.
From an agronomic perspective, alfalfa is a great rotational crop because of its soil conditioning abilities. In addition, the perennial nature of alfalfa creates a favourable habitat for many beneficial arthropods, including pollinators and natural enemies of pests. These natural enemies help keep pest levels down in alfalfa and adjacent crops.
The basic cultural requirements for alfalfa are similar whether it is grown organically or conventionally. Seeding rates typically range from 12 to 15 pounds per acre. Seed may be drilled or broadcast into a well-prepared seed bed. Firm seed-to-soil contact is necessary and may be achieved with a cult packer or from the drill press wheels. If the seedling stand in the tractor tire tracks is better than the rest of the field that is a sign the seedbed needs to be firmer. If your shoes sink into the prepared soil past the soles, that too shows the need for a firmer seedbed. Plant high quality seed that is inoculated with the appropriate rhizobium bacteria strain to assure good nodulation and nitrogen fixation.
The company has evaluated a detailed risk assessment on the Alfalfa cultivation program and identified the critical parameters as mentioned below;
Effective land preparation and soil traceability analysis
Implementation of automation in seeding and harvesting modules
Rotation crop planning.
Evaluating the above mentioned parameters, by conducting SWOT analysis the Alfalfa Team designed In process management modules ( IPMM) to overcome and to enhance the optimum production round the year. The pre-costing analysis been validated considering the capital good cost and finished good inflation of the market. By implementing automation modules the product handling time and product exposure been substantially reduced.
Alfalfa-India have wide spread of cultivable land in North India. We offer farm management services for the investors who are interested to extend Alfalfa cultivation in India. By formulating a joint venture with Alfalfa , investors can have round the year supply of Alfalfa in favorable economic patterns .
Accessibility of Technical expertise
Favorable climatic conditions
Adaptive demography for Alfalfa cultivation
Low cost operational overheads
Low Logistic overheads
Port Proximity 200 kms from Sea Port
Ease of labor force availability