AHMEDABAD: The National Dairy Development Board is set to take the Gujarat dairy cooperative model to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The project was part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the government of India in December 2018, to improve dairy output in these states. NDDB was named the executing agency of the project.
NDDB will look to provide greater market access to milk producers in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. “The project will involve supporting institutions in these states, working on the Amul model from Gujarat. The objective is to upgrade dairy processing and infrastructure facilities with cooperatives in these states, while helping them strengthen their marketing capability and infrastructure,” said Dilip Rath, NDDB chairman.
“We also want to build managerial capacities of cooperatives, to make them viable institutions. These interventions will help milk production capability, and in turn boost farmer incomes,” he added.
While the project aims to ultimately covering all districts in these states, NDDB has initially identified 53 districts — 31 in UP and 22 in Bihar. “The outlay is Rs 1,568 crore, of which Rs 963 crore will come from the official development assistance (ODA) from JICA,” said the NDDB Chairman.
In Gujarat, NDDB works with 22 milk unions, a producer company and a federation, all of which together work for some 35 lakh dairy farmers.
“To increase market access for dairy farmers in UP and Bihar, we are looking at covering 1.5 lakh more farmers, 50% of whom will be women. We will cover 4,470 villages in these states,” said Rath
The proposal, the NDDB chairman said, is currently awaiting approval from the Union ministry of finance. “It is at an advanced stage and we hope to get approval soon,” Rath said.