National Dairy Plan launched in 8 states

The first phase of the National Dairy Plan (NDP), a central sector scheme funded by the World Bank, is being implemented by NDDB.
  • (1888PressRelease) February 07, 2013 - Dr Amrita Patel, Chairman National Dairy Development Board while talking on the progress till January 2013 said that 13 states out of the 14 major dairying States are on board and discussions are on with Bihar.

    The National Steering Committee (NSC) has approved an outlay of Rs 130.71 crore for the year 2012-13.

    Dr Patel said, "this outlay covering 49 Proposals, pertaining to Progeny Testing, Pedigree Selection, Strengthening of Semen Stations, Ration Balancing Programme, Fodder Development and Village based Milk Procurement Systems, from eight states, i.e. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra have been approved by the Project Steering Committee". Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to be covered in a month's time. These activities will contribute to production of high genetic merit bulls; strengthening of existing semen stations for production of disease free semen doses; make available high quality fodder seeds, improve nutrition of milch animals using Ration Balancing and providing milk producers better opportunities for sale of surplus milk by facilitating fair and transparent transactions. A Baseline survey has been completed in 9 States and all the 14 major dairying states will be covered by end of the current financial year.

    NDDB has conducted three national level orientation workshops on NDP I for various stakeholders. State level meetings have also been conducted in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to orient EIAs about issues critical to implementation of NDP I.

    Training programmes for farmers and officials of dairy cooperatives have been initiated and so far about 400 participants have been trained in 20 training programmes.

    Talking about the path forward Dr Patel mentioned that the focus will be on identifying and assisting EIAs in preparation and submission of Proposals relevant to their needs and capacity building of EIAs in remaining states.

    ICT based systems have been developed to enable effective monitoring of the projects by the Project Monitoring Unit in NDDB.

    Dr Patel also stressed the fact that ultimately the success of NDP I is contingent upon convergence of NDP I with various government schemes, the adherence to Standard Operating Procedures and Minimum Standards set for various activities by all the players and availability of qualified technical manpower.

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