Rs 5000 for 1 litre donkey milk, Rs 500 for urine; Donkeys are not worthless anymore
A young IT professional has shown the world that one can make money by rearing donkeys. Aby Baby hailing from Ramamangalam in Ernakulam has 21 donkeys in his farm including one jack (male) and 20 jennies (females). Seven among them belong to Poitou category that resembles horse in look and size and were brought from Bikaner in Rajasthan.
Expensive milk and urine
Aby said that donkey milk and urine are in high demand. Milk fetches upto Rs 4500-5000 per litre and urine costs upto Rs 500 per litre. Donkey urine is used in Siddha medicine. Milk is used to make cosmetic products.
Aby sells milk to people very rarely. He charges Rs 350 for 30 millilitre. Cow milk and goat milk are protein rich whereas donkey milk is known for trace elements, vitamins and minerals. Due to this, donkey milk is essential ingredient in cosmetics, Aby said.
From IT to donkey farm
Earlier, Aby was working as a manager in a leading IT firm in Bengaluru. Later, he faced a setback and switched his career to donkey farming. A quote from Bible inspired to follow the connection between beauty and donkey milk, he said.
Aby happened to know about donkey farming from a Facebook post put up by Dr Sudheesh Nair, assistant surgeon at Mannuthy Government Veterinary College. Aby visited the doctor to seek advice on starting a donkey farm. The doctor asked him to try with two or three donkeys only, because donkeys cannot be fully tamed forever. They are likely to turn aggressive at some times like elephants do. Thus Aby started a donkey farm at his native place three years ago.
Donkey milk cosmetics
Though people were surprised to know about the strange career, Aby’s life totally changed after that. He also started manufacturing cosmetic products in a lab close to his house. Aby focusses on skincare products. All of his products are made of donkey milk.
His company Dolphin IBA produces various types of fairness creams, facial kit, skin cream, lip balms, soaps and body butter. Aby’s clients include globally acclaimed companies and his products are sold worldwide. He ensured that there are certain creams that can even turn dark skin fairer.
Donkey milk has to be turned into powder to make cosmetics. When one ton of milk is freeze dried, 70-kilogram powder can be made. But the machine for freeze drying costs above Rs 1.5 crore. So, Aby is able to produce only very little quantity of cosmetics. The products cost upto Rs 2500-7500 and are in high demand in foreign markets, Aby said.