Prosperity milking its way into Orissa

Kendrapara, Nov 20 | Updated: Nov 21 2005, 06:19am hrs
A silent revolution is sweeping across a cluster of perennially backward villages under Patkura tehsil of Orissas Kendrapara district.

Rearing crossbred cows and marketing the milk yield through a local diary cooperative society, over 70 families of cattle farmers in about five villages have been experiencing economic uplift.

Spurred by their successful cattle farming, the State Bank of India had adopted Bhagabanpur, Gajipur, Adhanga, Kanthaduha and Sarasundarpur villages predominantly inhabited by people belonging to the milkmen community, by extending financial support to them, a SBI official said. We are simply impressed by their entrepreneurship and their desire to become self-dependent, the official said.

In fact they did not approach the bank for help, but we extended it as part of our policy decision to provide short-term loans to the farmers without asking for mortgage or surety, he said. The gesture was extended to recognise the enterprenuership of the villagers, who within a span of two years had turned self-sufficient and are leading a better life.

The Maa Jagulai Womens Diary Cooperative Society formed by the farmers was marketing milk in a professional way. About 100 families now earned over Rs 4,000 per month, a fact which was hard to imagine in these backward villages earlier, the sources said.