Srinagar, Mar 06: Advisor to Lt Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, inaugurated a faculty led startup Kashmir Innovations Private Limited (KIPL) on the inaugural function of the two-day Seed Mela cum Exhibition here at SKUAST-K’s Campus in presence of Vice-chancellor, SKUAST-K/J Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Mayor Srinagar Junaid Mattu, Darakhshan Andrabi, Heena Shafi Bhat, Officers of the University and other dignitaries.
Bhatnagar hailed the initiative of the University Administration in providing platform to the students and faculty for innovation and entrepreneurship. He was impressed by the innovative ideas being given a practical shape in the form of products for boosting the knowledge based agri economy of the UT and the country.
On the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor felicitated the innovator of the startup and briefed the participating dignitaries and guests about the importance of various innovative technologies and products put for sale by the innovators.
Founder and innovator of the KIPL, Dr Parvaiz Ahmed Reshi, Assistant Professor (Animal Nutrition), Mounatin Livestock Research Institute explained the novelty of his product and its role in boosting, meat and reproductive performances in cattle.
“The product is based on a decade long research studies by the Division of Animal Nutrition, SKUAST-K on the mineral profiling of available feeds/fodders for livestock and contains specifically the mineral elements deficient in our soil, grasses feed and fodder causing poor production of milk meat and reproduction” Dr Reshi said.
“Based on such studies we have fortified our product with the deficient minerals and we sure that it will correct the mineral deficiencies in our animals and will boost their production performances” he added.
He also said that the product (Region and species specific mineral supplement) costs less and has assurances of quality, adding in the first phase they have covered dairy cattle when a special product for sheep and poultry shall follow.
“Different species have different requirements of minerals therefore we will cover all one by one, this time for cattle next will be sheep and poultry” he said.
Co-founder of the startup Dr Gowher Gull Shiekh said that we have mainly copper, phosphorus and zinc deficient in our feeds and fodders that are very essential for animals to exploit their production potential and KashMin supplementation will revolutionize our dairy industry.
Besides KashMin Innovations private Limited, Serikon Innovations Private Limited, BB&GG and Zeeba Biotech were also launched by the Advisor.
To mention the startups are incubated by SKIIE centre and financially supported by various funding agencies and NAHEP of SKUAST-Kashmir