With the vision of trans- forming the rural landscape of Assam through dairy farming, Government of Assam and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for creation of a joint venture for the dairy sector’s holistic development at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium in Guwahati. The foundation stone of Purabi Dairy expansion project was also laid.
The MoU was signed by Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB and Maninder Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Cooperation, of Assam in presence of Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Parshottam Rupala. The event was also attended by many senior Government officials, concerned agencies and dairy farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sarma said that the target of this joint venture will be to create milk processing capacities to handle and add value to over 10 lakh litres of milk every day. This will not only help more than 1.75 lakh farmers to alleviate their incomes but will also create huge employment at various levels of the milk value chain. The joint venture will set up six dairy processing facilities across Assam, wherein milk from more than 4100 Dairy Societies shall be processed, packed and marketed.
Rupala mentioned that the new initiative will lead to higher returns for the local dairy farmers, which is a step towards the aim of “Doubling Farmers’ Income” envisioned by the Prime Minister. He further said, as part of this dairy development project, more than 15000 high milk-yielding Gir cows will be inducted into Assam to ensure higher returns to the state’s dairy farmers. The plan also envisages setting up infrastructure for Cattle Feed and Silage manufacturing within Assam. He stressed on the need for breed improvement of cattle through technology.