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Booster shot ready for milk production

The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) on Thursday said the stage is set for its special purpose vehicle — NDDB Dairy Services — as the Centre intends to implement the National Dairy Plan (NDP).

NDDB consults 14 major dairy states to implement National Dairy Plan

The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) on Thursday said the stage is set for its special purpose vehicle — NDDB Dairy Services — as the Centre intends to implement the National Dairy Plan (NDP).

Addressing mediapersons at NDDB headquarters in Anand,Board chairman Amrita Patel said the first phase of the programme,from 2011 till 2017,will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 1,600 crore. “Increasing productivity will be the main focus during the first phase and augmentation in procurement and marketing will also be taken care of,” she said.

As per projection of the Planning Commission,the demand for milk in the country is expected to reach 180 million tonne in 2020-21. In order to increase the milk production in line with the demand by that point of time,NDDB has worked out a 15-year NDP,envisaging a total investment of Rs 17,000 crore. The plan mainly focuses on increasing productivity and ration balancing for the purpose.

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After considering the proposed plan,the Central Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying has concluded a series of high-level consultations with 14 major dairying states (accounting for over 90 per cent of India’s milk production) on initiatives to launch a scientifically planned programme to increase bovine productivity and milk production.

The states were represented by the principal secretaries in-charge of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and the managing directors of the State Cooperative Dairy Federations. Senior officials from NDDB and representatives of the World Bank also participated in the deliberations. The World Bank is supposed to extend financial assistance to the programme in the form of soft loan.

“In the last one decade,the milk production in India witnessed an annual growth rate of around four per cent,which is almost double of the global average. But if we want to increase the production in line with the projected demand for 2021,we need to double the annual addition in the production from 2.5 million tonne to 5 million tonne by 2021,” Patel said.

She further said that Ration Balancing Advisory services will also be put in place at village level through trained locals.