NDDB to grant 109 crore for dairy farming in eastern states

VADODARA: In a bid to strengthen dairy farming in the eastern belt of the country, Anand-headquartered National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has approved 61 sub-projects with a total outlay of Rs125 crore for Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal under phase one of National Dairy Plan (NDP 1).

These five states will receive Rs109.83 crore as grant assistance from NDP 1. NDP is a scientifically planned multi-state initiative, which is being implemented by the NDDB through the end implementing agencies (EIAs) in 18 states to help increase productivity of milch animals and thereby increase milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk and to help provide rural milk producers greater access to organized milk processing sector.

So far, under phase one, 364 sub projects of 158 EIAs from 18 states have been approved with a total approved outlay of Rs1,904 crore out of which Rs1,585 crore will be grant assistance.

The sub projects approved for the five states were reviewed during a regional review meeting which was chaired by NDDB chairman Dilip Rath recently in Kolkata in the presence of joint secretary of Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries of Government of India, secretaries and directors of the state animal husbandry and dairying departments, managing directors of dairy federations and CEOs and project coordinators of concerned EIAs among others.

“NDDB has adopted innovative strategies to reach out to small and marginal milk producers and help improve their lives through increase in income from dairying,” said Rath.

By June, under ration balancing programme, local resource persons have provided ration balancing advisory services in 1,888 villages and have balanced the ration of 1.28 lakh milch animals at farmers’ doorstep using locally available feed resources. The overall coverage planned in 22 approved sub projects is 2.90 lakh milch animals in 3,700 villages.

To provide greater market access to farmers, village-based milk procurement system is being strengthened and expanded.

Till June 2016, 2,179 villages have been covered and 60,000 additional milk producers have been enrolled. The 25 approved village-based milk procurement system sub-projects would cover 3,913 villages in which 2,523 villages would be new or revived villages and about 12.5 lakh additional milk producers will be enrolled in the dairy cooperative system.

Dairy e-market does brisk business

With the Central govt still in the process of developing the idea of a pan-Indian electronic marketing platform for agricultural produce, 26 state dairy cooperatives including Amul have already begun marketing their dairy commodities on an electronic platform since June last year, reports Financial Express.

The platform promoted by National Dairy Development Board in collaboration with National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI) conducts weekly e-auction where cooperatives sell their produce to big private players.

Since the launch of the electronic market, more than Rs 270 crore worth of trade has already taken place. A source claims more than 220 buyers have been registered in the exchange.

State milk co operatives including those from Bihar, Karnataka and Jalgaon milk union have claimed a major share in the e-Market.

Source : Indian Cooperative