Karnataka man starts first ever donkey farm, gets orders worth Rs 17 lakh for milk

Srinivas Gowda is a 42-year-old man, who has become the second person to start a donkey farm in the country. The farm opened on 8 June at a village in Dakshina Kannada district.

“I’m a BA graduate and it’s not my first farm. Earlier I opened Isiri farms, an integrated agriculture and animal husbandry, veterinary services, training and fodder development centre on a 2.3-acre plot at Ira village in 2020 after quitting his job in a software company. I was totally moved by the plight of donkeys which were often spurned and undervalued. That’s why I started a donkey farm”, Gowda said.

“For now we have 20 donkeys along with rabbits and Kadaknath chicken. Earlier we started with goat breeding. However the number of donkey species is dwindling as they are no longer used by dhobis with the advent of laundry machines and other technology to wash linen” Gowda added.

“When I started the firm several people were apprehensive and made fun, when the idea of a donkey farm was shared with them. The donkey’s milk is delicious, very expensive and has medicinal value”, Gowda said.

To promote his business, and to earn money from it Gowda decided to sell donkey’s milk to people in packets. A 30ml of milk packet will cost Rs 150 and it will be supplied through malls, shops and supermarkets.

Not only that he also plans to sell donkey’s milk to be used for beauty products. Orders worth Rs 17 lakh have already been received.