How to earn profit in goat farming?
Deepak Patidar is associated with goat farming business for 20 years, gives training to people of the country and abroad
In a special conversation with Kisan of India, Deepak Patidar says, in today’s digital world, aim is to give accurate information related to goat farming as well as agriculture sector to the people.
There is huge profit in goat farming, once you put in the cost and then sit back and relax!
You must have read such headlines. And you plan to get into the field of goat farming. People start goat farming and then when the ground reality of such headlines comes out, it clears many misconceptions. Goat farming business can definitely give profit, but only when you start it by understanding its nuances well. Today, in this article, we are going to tell you about a person who is teaching goat farming business to the youth and goat farmers of the country and abroad.
His name is Deepak Patidar, who comes from a small village Sundrel in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. Deepak Patidar is associated with commercial goat farming for the last 20 years. In a special conversation with Kisan of India, Deepak Patidar says that in today’s digital world, many things are seen, in such a situation, his aim is to give accurate information related to goat farming as well as agriculture sector to the people.
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Gotwala Farm: Training center prepared on Integrated Farming System model
Deepak Patidar’s Goatwala Farm gives training to those who want to get into goat farming completely, have passion about this field or facing problem in goat rearing. Integrated Farming System model has been adopted in Goatwala Farm. The farm is works entirely on green energy.
Goatwala Farm also has dairy farming, organic vegetable cultivation, compost manure unit, vermi compost unit. Cow dung and goat’s waste are used in the Gobar gas plant and to generate electricity. For irrigation, a 5 HP pump set running on solar energy is installed. The water is also recycled and used for irrigation. This does not waste water. The slurry from bio gas is also used as manure or vermicompost.
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Emphasis on practical training
Deepak Patidar says that his emphasis is in giving practical training to people because only by this you can understand all the nuances. The per person fee for three days is Rs 15,000. It provides accommodation, food, pick and drop facilities. Goat rearing training is conducted four times a year i.e. every 3 months.
For training, one has to go to the site in advance and register. Deepak Patidar said that almost all the information related to commercial goat farming is given in the training. Deepak Patidar says that his daily routine is busy from morning till evening. The fee has been kept so that only those people who are serious and really want to do this work come to take training. For those who are unable to pay, free facility is given on two days of the month.
You can visit the farm for free on two days of the month on 15th and 30th. These two days are charitable. In these two days, the person visiting the farm is given the facility of consultancy, suggestion and discussion related to goat rearing, free of cost. If you want to visit the farm on any other day, other than these two days, then its fee is Rs 100. The consultancy fee is fixed at Rs 2,000 per person. Groups are also sent to the farm by many NGOs, agencies and the government.
There is a charge of seven and a half thousand for these groups. They are sessions of two to three hours. Talking further to Farmers of India, Deepak Patidar says that the farmer is not able to earn money because he could not become a professional. He advises any youth or farmer he meets to be a professional. Till now more than 30 thousand people have joined Deepak Patidar and his firm Goatwala Farm and are earning good income by opening their own goat farming unit.
Goatwala Farm has also started online training in association with Rocket Skills. So that people living in remote areas can also be reached. An online course has been started in the name of Complete Goat Farming Course – Build Profitable Business. In this, above 10 hours of video lectures will be available. You can watch these lectures whenever you want according to your convenience and time. The special thing is that you will have access to these videos forever.
Wherever there is any doubt, if you want to know in detail about some things, then there are live sessions throughout the week for that. In these online live classes, trainers solve goat farming related questions. Apart from this, you can also ask questions through WhatsApp group.
How did goat farming start?
After doing B.Sc degree in Agriculture from the Agricultural College, Indore, Deepak Patidar took training in commercial goat rearing from the Central Goat Research Institute in Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. After this, Goatwala Farm was started in February 2000 itself. After a year, he had to face many problems, which usually come in front of all the people associated with goat farming sector. There was already information about the problems related to the right treatment, medicines, breed and diet, but still there was confusion about some things.
In 2001, Deepak again reached the Central Goat Research Institute for training with the good and bad experiences of his one year goat farming. This time he got to know the solution of the problem on the basis of his experiences. Deepak Patidar says that the scientists of the institute helped him during the training. The questions that arose in their minds, would be answered by scientists. Other people who came for training would also get benefits.
Things that need special attention in goat farming
Deepak Patidar says that he started goat farming business with 100 local breed goats. After a year and a half, they started feeling that it would not be possible to raise the goats inside the shed. He did research about this and found a solution to the problem through scientific methods.
Meanwhile, kept constant touch with the Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG) and Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute (CSWRI) associated with goat. Created a breeding farm by with the improved Indian breed species instead of local breeds.
Extensive marketing was done to sell farm-bred goats on the basis of their weights. Apart from this, timely immunization to reduce the mortality rate of goats, frequent monitoring to deal with intestinal worms and outside parasites. This led to a drastic reduction in the mortality rate of goats.
Nutritious food for goats was also provided in the farm, so that the goats could get the right fodder avoiding adulteration. This led to good development of goats. All these steps further benefitted the business. Today Gotwala Farm has about 500 goats and babies of Sirohi, Sojat, Beetle, Barbari, Totapari and Karauli breeds.
Marketing strengthened, stepped into the digital world
The website was started in 2008 to connect more and more people to Goatwala farm. With this, people of the country and abroad directly connected with Deepak Patidar. Farmers and representatives of many countries have come to the farm. Representatives from universities of Israel and Africa have also come to the farm and signed an MOU. That is, a kind of agreement has also been made, under which the tricks and techniques of commercial goat rearing are also taught to the people of other countries.
In the year 2010, small and big goats landed on social media in the direction of connecting with the farmers. Deepak Patidar told that everyone benefited from this. Business also grew and marketing became easier. Deepak Patidar says that marketing is very important for the goats to get the right market. This work became easier due to social media.
Once the goat farming business is frozen, there is no problem of sales
About 500 to 750 number of goats are sold every year from Goatwala farm. About 7000 rupees is spent on any goat grown in the farm. Whereas on an average it is sold for at least Rs 12,000. In this way about 25 to 30 percent direct profit is being made from the business.
Deepak Patidar says that the business of goat rearing is such that there is no competition. Even if some more new farms are opened in the area, it will not affect your sales. You only need to focus on the good production of goats, then its price in the market is accordingly, just like – Good Product, Good Price.
Deepak Patidar says that when you have come to know the nuances of goat farming business after three to four years, then you start making good profit. Farmers can get the desired price by rearing and producing good improved goats. Deepak Patidar said that the demand for meat in the market is increasing continuously, and the price of goat meat is also increasing every year. This business can be a very good opportunity for the youth of agricultural families and can prove to be effective in increasing the income.
Get into goat farming only after proper training
Giving more information on goat farming business, Deepak Patidar says that the cost of goat farming is high, but gradually its cost price is becoming almost constant. The price in the market is increasing. If goat rearing is done with scientific management and good breeds, then it will definitely give good income to the goat farmers. Once you have a strong hold in the business, then you can earn manifold profits by taking goat farming to any level.
Giving advice to those who want to get into commercial goat farming, Deepak Patidar says that no new person should start goat farming without training. Due to this lack of information, there is a high chance of loss.
Awarded with many national and state level awards
In view of the contribution of Deepak Patidar in the field of agriculture, he has been honoured with many awards at the national and state level. Awarded ‘Bakri Pandit’s Award’ by Central Goat Research Institute in 2008, ‘Bhoomi Nirman Award’ in 2011, ‘Innovative Farmer Award’ in 2015, ‘Progressive Farmer Award’ in 2016.
From 2009 to 2019, he was a member of the Division in Shri Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary University, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Presently, he is holding the reins of the vice-president of Goat & Sheep Farmer Welfare Association (GSFWA-India), a national organization of sheep and goat. Also, in the midst of his busy schedule, he shares his experiences related to agriculture as a speaker in national and international seminars and workshops.
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