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BAIF – Serving Rural India since Last 45 Years

BAIF Development Research Foundation is a professionally managed non-profit Public Trust, established by a noted Gandhian, Late Dr. Manibhai Desai in 1967 to promote sustainable livelihood in Rural India. Formerly BAIF was known Bharitya Agro Industries Foundation, but later on its name was revised and presently it is known by BAIF Development Research Foundation.

BAIF's Vision is building a self-reliant rural society assured of food security, safe drinking water, good health, gender equity, low child mortality, literacy, high moral values and clean environment.

BAIF's Mission is to create opportunities of gainful self-employment for the rural families, especially disadvantaged sections, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgradation of skills and capabilities with community participation. BAIF is a non-political, secular and professionally managed organisation.

Since independence, the Government of India has given top priority to rural development, as over 40% rural population being poor, is struggling for survival. Realizing the need to create suitable livelihood opportunities, BAIF has been facilitating the weaker sections of the rural society to earn sustainable livelihood.

BAIF Operational areas are: Livestock Development, Watershed Development, Agri-Horti Forestry and Women Empowerment. The Central Research Station (CRS) of BAIF was established at Urulikanchan, 30 km from Pune, in 1970, on a campus, spread over 200 ha for conducting problem oriented research, developing suitable technologies useful for small farmers and organising training.

The ISO certified frozen semen laboratory has produced 75.6 lakh semen doses from 226 bulls of purebreed exotics (Holstein and Jersey), crossbreed (Bulls resulting from crosses between local and exotic), indigenous (Sahiwal, Gir, Khillar, Amritmahal, Hallikar, Tharparkar, Dangi, Ongole) and buffalo (Murrah, Surti, Jafarabadi, Banni, Bhadavari). About 35% of the quantity is supplied to BAIF’s Associate Organisations and the remaining semen doses to various State Governments, Cooperatives and others.

The ET lab engaged in embryo freezing and training is recognised for embryo transfer technology by the Government of India. Standardisation of a technique for generating transgenic buffalo has been undertaken with the support of DBT. The Molecular Genetics Laboratory with Automated Sequencer is maintaining a DNA bank with 4000 samples of various breeds, useful for Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) on basis of genetic disorders used for screening bulls for semen collection. The Reproduction Biotechnology Laboratory with IVF facility has carried out Karyotyping of 208 samples from CRS and various State Departments.

BAIF in India is working in Sixteen states through its associate organization. In Jharkhand, BAIF is known by :- BAIF Institute For Rural Vocations and Advancement (BIRVA).

UNIQUE ID : JH/2016/0103556

Registration No. 699 under Societies Registration Act of u/s.21 of 1860.

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