BARAMULLA: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Monday organised a sensitisation programme on Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) and other GoI schemes promoted by NABARD as a nodal agency in district Baramulla.
The workshop was attended by Director Planning, Baramulla, officials from animal husbandry, sheep husbandry, cooperative department, bankers, NGOs and progressive dairy farmers of the district.
District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Niasr Ahmad Naqash, chief guest on the occasion, in his address advised animal, sheep husbandry department to provide all support and cooperation in implementation of the scheme in the district. He also advised banks to provide timely disbursement of the scheme so that maximum beneficiaries will be covered under GoI schemes, an official handout read.
Guiding the participants, NABARD, DDM Zubair Ashraf Wasil appraised about the benefits of the scheme and how the dairy sector was contributing to the cause of doubling of farmer income by 2022 especially, for small and marginal farmers who constitute 85% of the farmers’ community in the district. He also applauded the bankers and animal husbandry department of district Baramulla for “wonderful work” during 2017-18 in sponsoring and disbursing the maximum numbers of cases during the period 2017-18, the handout read.
The main features of the current DEDS scheme and method of online claim was discussed in detail. “The beneficiaries can set up dairy units ranging from two animals to ten animals @Rs. 70,000 per animal,” the handout read. The scheme also carries a subsidy component of 25% for general category and 33.33% for SC/ST category. “DEDS scheme has in total 9 components like establishment of dairy units, purchase of milking machine, dairy product transportation facility, cold storage facility for dairy products etc. people can avail the benefit of subsidy for all components mention in DEDS scheme,” DDM NABARD added.
District Development Manager (DDM) NABARD stressed the sponsoring agency to sponsor more number of cases and banks to disburse the cases on priority basis. He suggest the points for better implementation of DEDS scheme in the district which include better backward and forward linkages, adaptation of milk villages, strengthening of veterinary heath in the district which need to be adopted by the department, the handout added.