Feb 27: At a time when white revolution is gaining momentum across India, Jammu
and Kashmir Government is taking all possible measures to keep the
pace—producing 70 lakh litres of milk per day, besides strengthening the public
Secretary, Transport, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Departments, Dr Asgar Hassan
Samoon Thursday after conducting a day-long Public Grievance Camp in Srinagar
revealed that Jammu and Kashmir Government with the help of farmers and dairy
units was successful to produce 70 lakh litres of milk per day. He said Kashmir
alone produces 40 lakh while as Jammu produces 30 lakh litres, respectively.
revolution is becoming popular and we are also marching on the path. We are
doing our best to achieve the target and rope in thousands of successful
farmers across Jammu and Kashmir,” Samoon said. “In Jammu and Kashmir thousands
of farmers and budding entrepreneurs have been hugely benefited from the dairy
farming and we are encouraging more youth to join the sector,” he said, adding
“South Kashmir produces milk in bulk.”
demand for dairy produce across the country is growing, the price of milk
across Jammu and Kashmir is also picking up.
has been lot of challenges in this sector. We are working out on all the
modalities and trying to prepare a roadmap to help the dairy farmers and other
associated with this sector,” Samoon said.
Principal Secretary informed that as per the 20th Livestock Census conducted in
2019, Jammu and Kashmir has a livestock population of 82 lakh. He said Milk
Production as per ISS data 2018-19 is 2541 TMT. “For improving milk production
and productivity in Jammu and Kashmir, the Department is looking at various
interventions including genetic up-gradation of Cattle, Cattle Induction,
Fodder Development, Milk Procurement and Processing and Health Cover and Risk
Management,” he said.
informed that Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India
has agreed to distribute 15000 Dairy Units of two cows each as a special
package for Jammu and Kashmir under the Dairy Entrepreneurship Development
Scheme (DEDS) as a beneficiary oriented scheme financed by National Bank for
Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) through commercial banks.
said that in order to make milk production profitable for farmers, there was
need for establishing Cooperatives to supply it directly to consumers.
easy to produce milk in the Kashmir’s green land, but very difficult to find
market. We are working out all the modalities to find a suitable market for the
farmers and dairy unit holders,” he said.
that dairy-farming has a potential to generate jobs for thousands of unemployed
youth in Jammu and Kashmir. “Government’s priority is to promote local
milk-processing units,” he said.
informed that the Milk Production Expansion Plan proposal of the Jammu and
Kashmir Milk producers Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL) for raising capacity of JKMPCL
from 50,000 LPD of milk production to 2.5 Lakh LPD in the next
three years was also discussed during the meeting.
that Jammu and Kashmir Government was focused to review the poultry and dairy
sector, informing that the modalities for baseline survey by the National Dairy
Development Board (NDDB) and implementation of the Special Package for dairy
development projects have been recently reviewed threadbare.