|Special Report Vol. 3 Issue No. 49||May 16-31, 2008|
Continued improvements in dairy development scenario in Assam is
needed to face emerging challenges to enhance agricultural growth.
activities of Dairy Development in Assam were initiated with the basic
concept of proctireincnt, processing and distribution of milk aiming at
economic upliftment of rural milk producers on one hand and to help urban
consumers to get quality milk at a reasonable price on the other.
Development Assam has in recent years also reinforced its facilitating role
in increasing opportunities for income and employment and upliftment of
poorer sections of the society with the broader perspective of a complete
rural transformation. The milk production of Assam leaves a huge gap with
the actual demand. Per capita availability of milk during 2006-07 was 70
gm/day in comparison to the all India figure of 246 grri/day. Total milk
production in the State was 751 million tones in that year. As per 2003
livestock census the total milch bovine population of the state was 2808
Development, Assam is incessantly putting its endeavor to fill this gap.
Towards achieving this goal and lo improve the overall performance of Dairy
Developmeni in Assam. The department has worked out the following
To organize the
presently dispersed dairy farmers in to integrated network of viable
commercial unit i.e Dairy Cooperative Societies and their activities will be
managed by Milk Unions which will be federated into Slate level Federation
create/upgrade/renovate critical infrastructure to enhance the milk
procurement, processing and marketing through organized sector
To upgrade the
skill of the producers for clean milk production in order to maintain the
norms of at least national standard.
and facilitate private participation and investment from both inside and
outside the state in the dairy sector
Last but not
least, all the existing or new schemes/projects under the Dairy Development.
Assam will be carried out in synchronization with each other irrespective of
the source of fund to achieve one common objective i.e to increase overall
milk production in the State, thereby giving livelihood avenues to the poor
dairy farmers on one hand and to give quality milk and milk products to the
consumers at a remunerative price on the other. Project components of one
programme will be tagged with another component of a different programme to
give a supportive role and to make each programme sustainable and success
ful. For example, for economic sustainability of the Dairy Cooperative
Societies formed under World Bank financed AACP programme, cattle induction
for the farmers will be provided from the fund allocated under Plan during
Annual plan 2008-09,aswell as RKVY as there is no provision under AACP for
cattle induction lo farmers.
these strategies, following main ongoing Schemes/ Projects under -State
Plan, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, World Bank Aided Projects and other
Schemes are proposed during 2008-09
A) Milk Village
Scheme (State Plan) B). Town Milk Supply Scheme C) Assam Agricultural
Competitiveness Project (AACP) (Extemally aided project) D). Integrated
Dairy Development Project (IDDP), Phase-1 (100% GOI funded) E) Intensive
Dairy Development Programme(IDDP, Phase-11) (100% GOI funded) F). Project on
infrastructure Development for Quality and Clean Milk Production (75% GOI
funded & 25% beneficiary contribution on infrastructure (BMC) G)
Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) H) NEC etc
of the recent development in the dairy sector includes the following in
Under the Assam
Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP) in respect of Dairy Development,
the main objective is to organize the dispersed dairy farmers in to Dairy
Cooperative Society (DCS) and Self Help Group (SHG) and to provide both
forward and backward linkages to them in order to strengthen their capacity
and make them more competitive and economically sustainable. A substantial
number of dispersed dairy farmers.have been organized into viable groups
with assured linkages under the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP).
Already 173 DCS and 102 SHG.s have been organised in the state. 250 nos of
DCS and 250 nos of SHGs will be organized under the project within the
project period. The organized members of DCS/ SHG would receive training,
start up capital for organization of DCS, milk testing equipment, clean milk
production kit, milk can etc. There by their capacity would be built up and
they would be more competitive to face the challenges in the years to come.
Due to rigorous awareness campaign in the villages in association with NGOs,
farmers would be aware about the growing opportunities about dairy farming.
Exposure to the existing human resource for enhancing their capabilities in.
terms of knowledge, skills and awareness through programmes in organization
like NDDB.ASCI, Hyderabad, BAIF, Pune, NIFM, Faridabad.
Building of Beneficiaries
159 nos of
Secretaries of DCSs and 32 Secretaries of SHGs trained at Institute of
Cooperative Management, Guwahati, Assam. (2 weeks training programme)
couple oriented on Cooperative Dairying at Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak
Samabai Samiti, Jagiroad, Assam. ( 3 days programme, where participant stays
at the house of the members of Sitajakhala DUSS.) and another 50-60 couple
will be trained Silajakhala DUSS.from 4tl’
(one from each organized DCSs) visited Anand, Gujarat.
16 nos of
Orientation camps for members of DCS organized, another 60 nos of camps are
Milk Production (CMP) a proposal was approved for implementation of the
scheme in the area of Sitajakhala DUSS at Morigaon district at an total
project cost of Rs.26.38 lakh, out of which Rs.21.06 Lakh is of GOI share
and the rest of Rs.5.32 lakh is of Society share. For which Govt. of India
released two installment of Rs.8.02 Lakh during 2004-05 and Rs.8.52 Lakh
during 2006-07. Accordingly Govt. of Assam had also released 1st
installment of Rs.8.02 lakh during 2005-06 and utilization of which is also
made and submitted the Utilization certificate. As regard the 2"11
installment of Rs.8.52 lakh,sanction has been received from the Govt
.recently and fund release proposal has already been sent to the Government.
Under the CMP-II the project will be implemented in Darrang and Udalguri
District with a total cost of Rs.ll6.94 lakh. Out of which Rs.97.63 lakh is
of GOI share and the rest of Rs. 19.31 lakh as state Govt. share.
Accordingly GOI had released Rs.20.00 lakh during 2006-07 and the sanction
for Rs 20.00 lakhs has been received from the Govt. recently and fund
release proposal has already been sent to the Government.
development firmly believes that the livestock sector has the potential of
being the driving force in
agricultural growth and dairy development being one of the leading
component, there has to be continued improvements in overall dairy
development scenario in Assam to face the emerging challenges with well defined dairy
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