Nabard to launch milk project to help distressed farmers

Mumbai, May 25 | Updated: May 26 2007, 05:54am hrs
Aimed at providing regular daily income to distressed farmers, Nabard has come out with a Rs 1000 crore National Milk Plan that would be launched in 325 districts across the country in collaboration with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).

Concerned over the growing suicides among farmers particularly during drought and crop failure the Plan will ensure that farmers get regular daily subsidiary income. Though the country had a White Revolution because of the success of milk co-operatives in several states, there was a huge potential for increasing milk production as per capita consumption was still low compared to global standards and that milk and milk products offered huge export potential.

Nabard and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) have formed a joint venture to create infrastructure in 326 districts where milk production is taking place in concentrated manner, Nabards chairman YSP Thorat told PTI.

Nabard in association with NDDB will support activities pertaining to milk production, handling, processing and marketing in the identified districts across the country.

National Milk Plan will create infrastructure for milk chilling, milk processing, animal breeding, Thorat said adding the focus would also be on distressed districts and where co-operatives are weak.

According to estimates the demand for milk would be around 172 million tonne in 2021-22 and to meet this demand, milk production will have to grow at 4% per annum. In milk there is an income stream everyday and wherever milk is a subsidiary activity, suicides have not taken place, he observed.

The Plan aims at increasing productivity and optimising cost of production by providing necessary institutional credit support for quality breeding, optimising use of feed and its availability along with superior animal health services.