From the desk of the Managing Director

R.G. CHANDRAMOGAN

A 50-year young company's many "firsts"!

In its 50-year journey, HatsunAgro Product Ltd (HAP) has many"firsts" and unique features to its credit

PROFILE OF THE COMPANY

HAP is India's largest private sector dairy company since 2009-10. Every day, HAP procures close to 33 lakh litres on an average, from nearly 4 lakh farmers through its network of around 10,000 Hatsun Milk Banks (HMBs) which also includes more than 1000 Bulk Milk Coolers (BMCs).The BMCs run entirely on thermal batteries.

Every farmer has a unique producer code linked to his/her bank account and is paid once in10 days for the entire milk quantity supplied during that period.

Even during the lockdown, HAP ensured smooth operations, benefitting both farmers and consumers alike.

HAP's milk procurement has gone up by 14% over last year, despite the Covid- 19 pandemic.

HAP, unlike many other dairy companies, has neither resorted to "milk holidays" voluntarily nor delayed payments to its farmers.

HAP is both a B2F (Business-to-Farmer) and B2C (Business-to-Consumer) company.

More than 95% of the company's Rs.5,317 crore revenue in 2019-20 is from branded product sales to retail consumers:'Arokya' milk,'Arun Icecreams', 'lbaco', 'Hatsun', 'Oyalo' and 'Santosa' Feed.

The HAP family today includes 4 lakh farmers and nearly 45000 people employed either directly or indirectly. The company takes care of their livelihood.

THE SALIENT FEATURES OF HAP

Digital Payment System

HAP has gone beyond direct milk procurement from farmers to making payments directly into their bank account

HAP introduced this system of direct payment transfer in November 2013 and moved to a 100% cashless mode by October 2015.

This was more than a year before the current government's Demonetization announcement.

It helped convert farmers who were traditionally financially-excluded and dependent onloan sharks, into creditworthy customers of banks!

Transparency

Based on the quantity of milk poured, the price per litre corresponding to the FAT/Solids-non-FAT (SNF) content and payment due are displayed right in front of the farmer.

Details of FAT & SNF and price of the milk for the quantity poured are sent to every farmer instantly via SMS.

This ensures the most transparent system of procurement. And direct bank transfer guarantees zero manipulation in payment as well!

Technology

HAP is India's first dairy company to install Ekomilk analysers in all its 10,000 collection centres / HMBs and BMCs

These ultrasonic technology-based machines instantly measure the FAT / SNF content of milk supplied.

HAP is the world's first dairy company to develop and use thermal battery-based technology in its BMCs, for chilling milk immediately after procurement. It has worked extensively with a Boston-based US company in this regard.

The bulk milk coolers in the BMCs run on thermal batteries which store electricity whenever available from the grid.

This helps in chilling the milk right at source, even in rural areas with irregular power supply.

None of the company's HMBs has requires any diesel generator backup for collecting milk, thereby avoiding environmental and sound pollution.

Animal Husbandry Services

HAP promotes Ethnoveterinary Medicine (EVM), commonly known as traditional animal healthcare, a cost effective and accessible method for treating cows, which can easily be carried out by farmers themselves.

HAP undertakes about 4-5 lakh artificial insemination every year.

HAP has tagged more than 6 lakh cows so far to extend veterinary services.

Green Renewable Energy

HAP sources over 80% of its entire industrial power requirement from renewable sources like solar power and windmills.

The Ekomilk analysers, electronic weighing scales, display, stirrer, scanner, tablet and printers in all HMBs operate entirely on solar powered batteries

Every HMB building has a rooftop solar panel and battery that can store 900 watts of power.

Doubling Farmer Income

HAP is India's first dairy company to work on increasing farmer income by reducing cost of production.

Since 2005, the company has been collaborating with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to commercialize its high-yielding, protein-rich hybrid Napier green fodder (kambu / bajra) such as Co-3, Co-4 and Co-5.

HAP's agri-extension service team, in association with TNAU's scientists, has demonstrated how farmers, by growing these fodder grasses, can substantially reduce the need for expensive compound cattle feed and concentrates.

Many of HAP's farmers have halved the cost of feeding their cows by cultivating Co-4 and Co-5 hybrid fodder. By using cow dung as manure, brush-cutters to save harvesting labour, rain-guns to cut water consumption and milking machines, labour costs have reducedwhenever available from the grid.significantly.

Currently, they earn more than the Swaminathan formula of 50% return over production cost. Their incomes have doubled through halving of feeding costs and elimination of intermediaries in procurement and payments

CONCLUSION

HAP's focus on cashless direct payments, disintermediation, technology and transparency vis-a-vis farmers, animal husbandry services, clean/renewable energy-based operations and doubling farmer income are all in tune with our National Development Goals.

For HAP, Atmanirbhar Bharat (belief in Indian farmers),Vocal for Local (building strong consumer brands), Make in India (manufacturing using indigenous and not imported produce Digital India (100% cashless dealings with farmers and distribution chain) are our way of life!