Punjab Dairy Development and Animal Husbandry Minister Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike today rolled out Rs. 165 crore dairy development plan for Amritsar district under which 2000 marginal farmers will get easy credits besides setting up of 50 large scale commercial dairies with world class standards. The plan will be executed with NABARD and Dairy Development department.
Presiding over one day workshop on Dairy Development, Mr. Ranike said also asked the bankers and other government departments to provide easy loans to dairy farmers so that the mission of diversification could be achieved. He said that besides dairy, piggery, fisheries and other allied farming sectors were also being promoted by the state to realize the diversification mission. The Minister said the progressive farmers, who were present on the occasion to adopt modern and scientific techniques to make this sector more profitable. He said that the present time was unviable economic venture for farming due to high input costs so that it was call of the day to adopt allied farming sectors.
Extending an appeal to the banks since various heads from different banks were also present in the workshop, Mr. Ranike said that state government was providing different kinds of subsidies to dairy farmers and Banks should also ensure easy and hassle free availability of loans for these farmers. He said that despite having 2 percent population of the country Punjab was producing more than 9 percent milk in the nation.
Reiterating resolve of Punjab government to attain first position in milk production, Mr. Ranike said after Amritsar, NABARD is all set to make this project a great success in rest of the state. He said the next workshop will be held at Hoshiarpur soon.
The Minister also gave a call to unemployed secondary and senior secondary passed youth to come forward for dairy farming under this project. He said that from this project the educated youth would be immensely benefitted as they have got their own source of income.