Farming machines will soon be able to harvest fodder from animal carcasses, thanks to a software platform
The Times Of India November 18, 2018 12:02:03A software platform to collect fodder from animals is making the first steps in farming machines.
This week, a startup called Fodder Solutions India (FSI) has announced that it has successfully harvested and processed up to 25 tonnes of animal carcass (carcass meat) from a single farm, with an estimated yield of 1.4 million tonnes of meat.
The company has been working with farmers in a project in the Jammu and Kashmir district of Uttar Pradesh since last year, and says that it is the first time that the company has successfully processed the material and made the animals whole.
“It has taken about three months for us to get the carcass into the system, and that’s when we were able to cut off the head of the cow, cut off its neck, and the other bones,” said FSI CEO Aamir Gohil.
“The rest is just the usual chopping, grinding and mixing, which is all done by a computer.”
The company claims that the machine is capable of harvesting up to 50 tonnes of carcass in one day, which has the potential to feed as many as 100,000 people per day.
FSI’s team is also working with a number of other local players, like the Animal Rights Movement of India (ARMI), the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the Animal Welfare League of India and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
The company is now looking for investors and partners to support its project.
Fodder Solutions is not the only one looking to automate the process of slaughtering animals.
There are also a number companies that aim to do the same, like Sangeet Dhawan Foods, which recently announced that its meat production system will be used to produce whole animals.
The company said that the system would process up to 30 tonnes of animals per day and save about 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by reducing the meat consumption of the region’s animals.FDA-approved meat substitutes are also in the works, and a similar technology could also soon make its way to the slaughterhouse.
The FDA has approved a number, including the artificial sweetener sucralose, and even a “dietary supplement” called NutraSweet.
But there are also ethical issues that must be addressed in the process.
Fodder has to be certified as an animal welfare and animal welfare-friendly producer before it can be used for farming purposes, and it needs to have animal welfare approval.
According to a press release from the company, it will be able comply with the requirements of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2016 and the Meat Processing Act, 2017.
FSPE’s chief executive Ashish Ghosh told Quartz that there is no specific time frame for when the company will begin using FSI.
“This will take at least two years.
The next stage will be in 2019,” he said.
“We want to take this technology to farmers in India, and then hopefully eventually to the UK.”