In 3 years, each panchayat to have primary dairy: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: The ministry of cooperation and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will establish primary dairy in every panchayat of the country in the next three years.
Announcing the Centre’s decision, Union minister of home and cooperation Amit Shah on Friday said a complete action plan has been prepared in this regard and two lakh primary dairies will be established at the village level across the country in three years, making India a big exporter in the dairy sector by connecting the farmers of the country with the White Revolution.
He was speaking at Mandya in Karnataka while inaugurating a mega dairy that would process 10 lakh litres of milk per day. It will have the capacity to increase the processing upto 14 lakh litres per day. Citing Gujarat’s example, Shah said the White Revolution in the state has changed the fortunes of farmers and Rs 60,000 crore is deposited into the bank accounts of about 36 lakh women annually through Amul.
Assuring dairy farmers of Karnataka of similar benefits, he said the Karnataka Milk Federation will be provided with technical support, cooperative sector support and overall functioning support from Amul. Gujarat and Karnataka together can work for the welfare of milk producing farmers of the country, he added.
India is, currently, the largest producer of milk in the world, contributing 23% of global milk production. There are nearly 95,000 Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS); 1,99,182 primary dairy cooperative societies and 25,297 primary fishery cooperative societies as against 2,55,643 Panchayats and 6,62,750 villages in India. The cooperation ministry has prepared model bylaws for PACS, which will enable them to undertake over 25 business activities like dairy, fishery, floriculture, procurement of food grains, seeds and running LPG/ Petrol/ CNG distribution agency.


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