Gujarat Farmer Milks Success; Makes ₹3 Lakh Monthly With Online Donkey Milk Business

Donkey milk, priced at a staggering ₹5,000 per litre, is turning Solanki's online business into a cash cow.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Gujarat Farmer Milks Success; Makes ₹3 Lakh Monthly With Online Donkey Milk Business

Forget cows and buffaloes, the new frontier of dairy might surprise you. Dhiren Solanki, a resourceful farmer from Gujarat’s Patan district, has carved a niche for himself in the lucrative market of donkey milk. Yes, you read that right. Donkey milk, priced at a staggering ₹5,000 per litre, is turning Solanki’s online business into a cash cow, earning him a cool ₹3 lakh every month.

The Allure Of Donkey Milk

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So, what makes donkey milk the new “white gold”? Unlike its bovine counterparts, donkey milk boasts a unique composition closer to human breast milk. This similarity has led to its growing popularity in the cosmetics industry and for those seeking alternative dietary options.

Donkey milk is believed to have various health benefits, including promoting healthy skin and aiding digestion, although more research is needed to substantiate these claims. Solanki’s journey to milking success wasn’t all sunshine and meadows.

Driven by the desire for a stable income, he ventured into this unconventional business after traditional job prospects proved unfruitful. His initial investment of ₹22 lakh went into setting up the farm, starting with a modest herd of 20 donkeys. However, the real challenge lay in finding a market. With limited demand for donkey milk in Gujarat, Solanki had to think outside the box.

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Innovation Breeds Success

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The answer? The Internet. By establishing an online presence, Solanki was able to connect with buyers across India, particularly in southern states where it enjoys a higher demand. This innovative approach not only revolutionised his business but also highlighted the potential of online platforms for niche agricultural products.

Solanki’s success story doesn’t just showcase the power of online marketing, it also underscores the importance of identifying unique market opportunities. Donkey milk might seem like an unusual product, but its potential benefits have created a niche market willing to pay a premium price.

This unconventional venture serves as an inspiration for other farmers to explore unexplored avenues and embrace technology to connect with a wider customer base.

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However, it’s important to note that donkey milk farming also faces its own set of challenges. Ethical concerns regarding animal welfare need to be addressed to ensure proper care for the donkeys. Additionally, regulations specific to donkey milk production might be necessary in the future as the industry grows.

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