National Dairy Plan rolled out in key milk-producing states to boost output
“The National Steering Committee (NSC) has approved an outlay of R130.71 crore for the year 2012-13. This outlay covers 49 proposals — pertaining to progeny testing, pedigree selection, strengthening of semen stations, ration balancing programme, fodder development and village-based milk procurement systems — from eight states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra that have been approved by the project steering committee,” said Amrita Patel, chairman, NDDB, while reviewing the progress made by NDP till January 2013. Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to be covered in a month’s time.
“These activities will contribute to production of high genetic-merit bulls and strengthening of existing semen stations for production of disease-free semen doses. They will make available high-quality fodder seeds, improve nutrition of milch animals using ration balancing and provide milk producers better opportunities for selling surplus milk by facilitating fair and transparent transactions. A baseline survey has been completed in nine states and all the 14 major dairying states will be covered by end of the current financial year,” she said.
According to Patel, a focused scientific and systematic process
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