BAIF Development Research Foundation

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The BAIF Development Research Foundation is an award-winning charitable organisation based in Urali Kanchan near Pune in Maharashtra, India that pioneers agricultural development. It was founded in 1967 by Manibhai Desai as the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation. The Organisation's main activity early in its history was breeding of high yielding cows. This involved cross breeding European cattle varieties with Indian ones. Some critics of the project argue that the emphasis on imported breeds of cattle has been instrumental in the decimation of Indian breeds.[1] Foreign breeds give higher yields, but require more feed and are not suited to Indian conditions.[2]

In 1997, it received the Adivasi Seva Sanstha award from the State Government of Maharashtra.

Nirman and VAPCOL[edit]

BIAF is a parent organisation for a youth organisation in Maharashtra, named as Nirman.[3] VAPCOL (Vasundhara Agri-Horti Producer Co. Ltd.) is a multi state former organisation registered as a producer company under company's Act. VAPCOL is a for profit organisation promoted by BAIF. Currently VAPCOL has its independent website, Facebook page and sales through distribution network as well as online sales.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dhruva, case study report at Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals [1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ramdas, Sagari R.; Nitya S Ghotge (August 2006). "TIndia's Livestock Economy: The Forsaken Dry lands". Seminar (564). 
  2. ^ Sainath, P. (January 6, 2012). "Cattle class: native vs exotic". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  3. ^ Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation