KUPWARA: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Tuesday organised a sensitisation programme on Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) and other GoI schemes promoted by NABARD as a nodal agency in district Kupwara.
Additional District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Mohammad Yusuf Mir in his address advised animal, sheep husbandry departments 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, a handout read.
Guiding the participants, NABARD DDM, Zubair Ashraf Wasil appraised about the benefits of the scheme and how the dairy sector had contributed to the cause of doubling of farmer income by 2022 especially, for small and marginal farmers who constitute 85% of the farmer community in the district, read the handout.
The salient 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 schemes also carry a subsidy component of 25% for general category and 33.33% for SC/ST category.
DEDS has in total 09 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 further added.
He stressed the sponsoring agency to sponsor more cases and the banks to disburse the cases on priority basis. He suggested 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 .