ANANTNAG: Organising dairy farmers into groups and cooperatives can build the forward linkages and lead to better marketability of dairy produce. This was revealed in a district level workshop on dairy development held at Anantnag by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
The workshop was held in order to promote dairy development for creating sustainable livelihood in the district under GoI scheme, DEDS (Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme) which is being implemented through NABARD.
Giving details about the dairy schemes, DDM NABARD, Rouf Zargar said “the government has introduced several bank linked credit schemes with a view to provide financial assistance to establish mini dairy unit or milk collection as well as milk processing centers, etc. in the form of subsidised loans, an official handout read.
Terming Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme of NABARD as one of the most crucial schemes to promote dairy, “the GoI has earmarked Rs 323 crore as subsidy under DEDS for FY 2018-19”. Under the scheme, NABARD will provide subsidy of 25% for general category beneficiaries and 33.33% for SC/ST, read the handout.
DDM NABARD informed that GoI approved the continuation of the scheme beyond 12th Five Year Plan. The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, GoI is implementing DEDS with the objective of generating self-employment opportunities in the dairy sector through enhancement of milk production, procurement, preservation, transportation, processing and marketing of milk, it read.
DDM NABARD emphasised for organising the dairy trade in the district and urged the animal husbandry department to organise the individual dairy farmers into groups and societies for aggregation of milk produce. He pitched for installation of bulk milk coolers which is an eligible component under DEDS Scheme. The dairy processing equipment and transportation facility is also an important eligible component which can be availed under the scheme, read the handout further.
On the Occasion, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Dr GN Sofi said that DEDS has received overwhelming response from dairy entrepreneurs in Anantnag and contributed towards livelihood opportunities and gainful employment to the small and marginal farmers and dairy entrepreneurs. He said, “The department has identified two dairy clusters for comprehensive financing under diary sector,” adding the goal of “Doubling of Farmers Income” could only be achieved by way of integrated farming activities.
Lead District Manager, NABARD on the occasion spoke about the bank credit facilities available to dairy farmers. He insisted upon the banks to extend all the financial support under various dairy components, the handout added.