Military Farms Services


First MF at Allahabad 1889



1. Military Farms were established by the British Army for production and supply of hygienic, wholesome and fresh cows milk to troops located in various garrisons across undivided India. The first Military Farm was set up on 01 Feb 1889 with the establishment of Military Farm Allahabad . Thereafter a large number of Military Farms were set up which at the time of partition numbred over 100 units mostly in the present Central, Southern and Western Command. With the formation of Eastern Command and Northern Command additional Military Farm Units were established initially on adhoc basis and then regularised by the Govt (1993) as permanent Military Farm units.

2. Military Farms are pioneers in introduction of Artificial Insemination (AI) in cattle in the early 20th century (1925). The dairy development in the organized sector in the country is attributed to Military Farms. The Head of Deptt of Military Farm in 1946-47 was also the Imperial Dairy Expert of the country. Presently the Nation’s apex body on Animal Sciences, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) identified Military Farms as the largest cattle holding department in the country, has a collaborative project with Military Farms (Project Frieswal) to evolve a National cross-bred cattle breed for the country. Over 14,000 cattle have already been produced by Military Farms in this project for the Nation since 1993. ‘Project Frieswal’ has become the world’s largest cross-bred cattle breeding programme.



3. Military Farms is a quasi commercial organization with under mentioned role:-

(a) Supply of fresh milk and butter to troops in peace, field and high altitude areas at their location on daily basis.

(b) Production, procurement, transportation & issue of baled hay to AT Units at their location as per demand.



4. Frieswal project.

(a) It is a collaborative project of national importance being undertaken by Military Farms with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Min of Agriculture. It is the world’s biggest cross breeding programme that envisages to evolve a milch breed of cattle for tropical world.

(b) Its aim to produce and rear crossbred cattle of HF x Sahiwal Crosses (62.5% HF) for high milk productivity under Frieswal Project.

(c) A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Defence on 14 Sep 1991. The aim of the project is to develop a milch breed yielding 4000 kgs in 300 days lactation with 4% butter fat.

(d) Technical Activities under Frieswal Project:-

(i) Semen Freezing & Planned Breeding.
(ii) Progeny Testing.
(iii) ETT & Gene Mapping

5. Collaborative Bio Fuel Generation Programme of DRDO.

(a) Under the joint collaborative Project with Military Farms, the DRDO has carried out large scale plantation of Jatropha in the following Military Farms for bio diesel production as an alternative source of energy:-

Ser No

Name of Farm



MF Secunderabad

170 Acres


MF Ahmednagar

500 Acres


MF Mhow

250 Acres

(b) The Project commenced in 2007 and is presently making steady progress with establishment of biodiesel esterification plant at Military Farm Secunderabad where biodiesel production is currently in progress.



6. At several Military Stations, milk booth for supply of fresh cow’s milk and associated dairy produce to troops, have been opened on the recommendations of local formation HQs for troop’s welfare.

7. Military Farm units are actively involved in arboriculture projects in the stations for welfare of troops.



8. Military Farm Corps was established in year 1889 at Military Farm Allahabad and since inception, it is in the service of troops. The milk production has shown a steady increase in the last four years as under:-

Ser No

Fin Year

Milk Yield (in Lakh Liters)