Boosting milk production in India: Govt says schemes already in place

The union agriculture ministry says that it is implementing various initiatives across the country to improve the condition of cooperative milk federations

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New Delhi: As per the information given by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Mohanbhai Kalyanji bhai Kundariya in the Lok Sabha on May 10, 2016, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries is implementing following schemes to improve the condition of cooperative milk federations and to promote milk production in the country.

The details revealed by the minister are below:

National Dairy Plan (Phase-I): The Government of India has approved National Dairy Plan Phase- I (NDP-I) with an outlay of Rs 2242 Crore for a period of six years from 2011-12 to 2016-17 on 16th March, 2012 as a Central Sector Scheme.

The Scheme is implemented through National Dairy Development Board and the objectives of the National Dairy Plan, Phase I are:

(i) To help increase the productivity of milch animals and thereby increase milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk.

(ii) To help provide rural milk producers with greater access to the organized milk-processing sector.

Nation Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development:

The new Scheme National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development (NPBB&DD) was launched during 2013-14 by merging four existing schemes i.e. Intensive Dairy Development Programme (IDDP), Strengthening Infrastructure for Quality & Clean Milk Production (SIQ&CMP), Assistance to Cooperatives and National Project for Cattle & Buffalo Breeding with the budget provision of Rs 1800 crore for implementation during 12th Plan. The objective of the scheme is to enhance productivity of milch animals and create dairy infrastructure for improved procurement, processing and marketing of milk. Under this scheme, there is provision for rehabilitation assistance to improve the condition of sick milk cooperatives by providing a central grant up to 50 percent of the cost of the rehabilitation project with a maximum financial ceiling of Rs 5 crore.

Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme:

Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) is implemented from September,2010 through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) across the country with an aim to generate self employment opportunities in the dairy sector, covering activities such as enhancement of milk production, procurement, preservation, transportation, processing and marketing of milk by providing back ended capital subsidy @ 25 percent of the project cost to the General Category (@33.33 percent of the project cost to SC/ST category) farmers/beneficiaries for bankable projects through NABARD subject to the norms of the scheme. The budget provision during 12th plan is Rs 1400 crore.