NDDB to provide financial & technical support for enhancing income of Punjab’s dairy farmers

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In order to bail out the farmers of Punjab from financial crisis by supplementing their income leading to another White Revolution in the state, Shri Meenesh Shah, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) assured to support Government of Punjab’s endeavour in setting up 12 milk plants in Punjab with an estimated outlay of about Rs.900 crore.

While discussing with Shri Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal, Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development & Fisheries,Govt of Punjab at NDDB, Anand today, Shri Shah said that NDDB will work with Govt. of Punjab and arrange the required financial & technical assistance. As there are already 11 milk plants, covering 6,000 villages in the state,the numbers would rise to 23 and cover a total of 12,000 villages. This would help in procuring additional 10 lakh litres of milk per day.

In order to overcome the problem of pollution and to provide cheaper feed to the dairy farmers, Govt. of Punjab would establish Total Mixed Ration (TMR) plant at Amritsar on the lines of 2 plants successfully operational in Ganganagar and Kolhapur, at an estimated outlay of Rs.80 crore. NDDB would provide all necessary assistance.This would also help solve the problem of burning crop residues.

For imparting education in dairying on the lines of NDRI, NDDB has assured support in preparing a proposal for developing a similar institute in Punjab.

The Hon’ble Minister thanked Chairman, NDDB for assuring the above assistance to Punjab.

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