National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will impart technical assistance for dairy development in Uttarakhand. Anchal Dairy will be co-branded with Mother Dairy to make available market for milk produced in Uttarakhand. NDDB will also assist to provide markets for vegetables and pulses produced in the State. “Himalayan Pulse” will have its own brand. Chairman of National Dairy Development Board T. Nanda Kumar met the Chief Minister Harish Rawat here in Dehradun on Wednesday. Increment in dairy and dairy products, improving the quality and providing markets for local products like issues were discussed in detail during the meeting.

CM Rawat has directed the Animal Husbandry Department to ensure 100 percent vaccination to the animals concerning with dairy compulsorily. In which 50 percent fund is granted by union government and remaining 50 percent state government will provide to animal keeker. Ear Tagging of animals will be promoted. Anchal Dairy will be co-branded with Mother Dairy. One-one dairy plant will be set up in Rudrapur and Kalsi. NDDB will design these plants. One each supervisor will be appointed in both plants to ensure the quality as per the Mother Dairy standard. NDDB will co-operate in milk packaging.

Mother Dairy
                               Mother Dairy

CM apprised that state Government was focussing on dairy sector to strengthen the rural economy particularly. Plantation of fodder trees on large scale under the Harela made us confident that Uttarakhand would be a State with fodder surplus within following three years. 500-500 cows in each district under the Ganga Gai Scheme would be provided to the people related to Milk Cooperative Unions. Women will be preferred under the scheme and Rs four per litre as a bonus are being granted. Dairy Cooperative Unions in four districts have started earning profit. State Government is working on a plan under which Cheeze Making Machines would be provided to the milk clusters comprising 4-4 villages. Maximum districts of Uttarakhand are completely organic. Major setback in Dairy Development is large distance or gap between various collection centres.

NDDB agreed to cooperate in distribution of organic vegetables and pulses produced in the Uttarakhand during the meeting. Shri Kumar confirmed that proper marketing of Himaliyan Pulses might establish them as brand in the market. Farmers of Uttarakhand may get good price for their products. Chief Minister said that Uttarakhand has enough potential for off season vegetables.