Dairy Cooperative scheme in J&K to boost milk production

Jammu (NVI): The Jammu and Kashmir Administration today accorded sanction to the implementation of Dairy Cooperative scheme for Dairy Cooperative Societies in the Union Territory with the support of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).

The UT Administrative Council met here in this regard under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu.

The scheme endeavors to boost milk production in J&K through the empowerment of Dairy Cooperative Societies with easy financial assistance for production, processing, and marketing including the purchase of animals, rearing, augmenting their capacities, health care, development of infrastructure for milk processing, other by-products and creation of infrastructure to undertake marketing activities.

Under the scheme, the Government shall provide 50% of the loan and 20% of the share capital to the beneficiary Cooperative Societies. While as a subsidy to the tune of 25% shall also be provided by the Government to the beneficiaries and owners contribution in the scheme shall be only 5%, said an official statement.

The scheme with the sponsorship of NCDC will facilitate the establishment of integrated dairy projects with the provision for technical inputs for farmer’s organizations, mobile veterinary care, artificial insemination, expansion/renovation of milk collection centers, packaging units and chilling plants, purchase/rearing and breeding of milch animals, setting up of small feed mixing manufacturing units, testing laboratories, establishment/expansion of effluent treatment plants, milk parlors and establishment of a technical and promotional cell.

For smooth implementation of the scheme, an Apex Level Monitoring Committee to be headed by Registrar Cooperative Societies, Jammu & Kashmir and Additional Registrars of the Division as its members shall also be constituted.