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Over 3 lakh dairy units established under DEDS

New Delhi: While speaking on the occasion of ‘National Milk Day’ in New Delhi on November 26, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh said that under the Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS), 3,31,314 dairy units have been established and the government has provided subsidy to the tune of Rs 1401.96 crore.

He also informed that under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission, 20 Gokul Grams in 13 states have been approved at a total cost of Rs. 197 crore. Apart from this, under the Pashu Sanjivni component of the scheme, 9 crore milch animals are being identified using UID (Unique Identification Device). Proposals for two centres, one each in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra, have been approved. The foundation stone of sex sorted semen centre was laid at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand in June 2018.

Addressing the gathering, Singh said that agriculture and dairy sector complement each other for social and economic upliftment of cattle farmers and to achieve this objective, it is essential to have good quality livestock breed in order to increase milk production.

Besides, INDUSCHIP has been developed for genomic selection of indigenous breeds and 6000 dairy animals have been genetically evaluated using it and also, 10 semen centres have been identified for the production of Sex Sorted Semen for the production of more female animals.

He also said that the credit for India becoming the world’s largest milk producer goes to livestock farmers and the various schemes of the Central Government. He further added that 20 Embryo Transfer Technology (ETT) centres are being established in the country and proposal of 19 centres have been approved so far. These centres are producing 3000 high genetic merit bulls of indigenous bovine breeds.

Highlighting the importance of government launched app, e- pashuhaat, he stated that the portal is playing a crucial role in connecting farmers, breeders and other agencies to trade in disease-free germplasm, namely live animals, frozen semen and embryos. Now, a mobile application – e-pashuhat (GPMS Transportal)  has been created and integrated with UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) application. Farmers can download UMANG app on their mobile phone from Google Play store and Apple App store.  They can now know the availability of disease-free germplasm services within 100KM radius of their location. So far, e-pashuhaat (GPMS Transportal) App has been automatically downloaded and available for 1 crore registered UMANG users

Introducing about the new initiative taken by Government, Singh further added that this year a new scheme, the Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF), has been initiated by the government. It aims at providing benefits to 95 lakh milk producers in 50,000 villages and providing both direct and indirect employment to many skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers. Under the Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme, there is a provision to provide financial assistance for providing self employment opportunities in various activities from milk production to marketing.

Apart from this, World Bank-funded National Dairy Plan Phase-I, National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) are being operationalised by the state governments through milk cooperative / federations related to the state.