Vallabh Vidyanagar based Agro-Economic Research Centre (AERC) will study the status of dairying in the eastern states of the country. The study will also assess the potential to improve socio-economic status of the milk producers of selected states of the country.
Based on a request made by the Anand-headquartered National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Government of India has sponsored the study with AERC being designated as lead institution to carry out the coordinated study in the states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, 27 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
In this regard, an all India workshop was held at AERC on Friday which witnessed participation by directors and representatives of AERC Jorhat, Bhagalpur, Waltair, Jabalpur, Allahabad, Vishwa Bharati and officers of NDDB.
“Like the Government of India’s programme – Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India – a similar focused programme for the dairy sector could also be considered,” NDDB chairman T Nanda Kumar, said while inaugurating the workshop.
He hoped that outcome of the study would be helpful in formulating appropriate policy leading to accelerated dairy development in the eastern region of India.
“The spatial growth in milk production in the country has not been evenly distributed. NDDB analysis suggests that eastern part of the country has not kept pace with the growth achieved elsewhere in the country. This appears paradoxical as eastern region has relatively superior resource endowment like availability of fodder, water, irrigation, manpower, etc required for promotion of milk production,” a release issued by NDDB said, adding that it believes that a focused program for accelerating growth in milk production in the eastern region should be implemented.