Jammu Mar 4: Lt.
Governor Girish Chandra Murmu today chaired a high level meeting to discuss the
roadmap for doubling the milk production within next four years.
The meeting was
attended by Sh. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Hon’ble Advisor to Lt. Governor; Atul
Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairy, Government
of India; Sh. B.V.RSubrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, J&K; Arun Kumar Mehta,
Financial Commissioner, Finance Department; Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal
Secretary to Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department; Mihir Kumar
Singh, Joint Secretary, C&DD, Department of Animal Husbandry &
Dairying, Government of India; Sh. Abdul Majid Bhat, Commissioner/Secretary to
Government, Cooperative Department; Rajesh Kumar Chhibber, Chairman J&K
Bank; R.S Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF, Anand, Gujrat; Director, Animal
Husbandry, Jammu; Director Animal Husbandry, Kashmir; Mission Director, Dairy
development Mission; besides senior officers from National Dairy Development
Board (NDDB), NABARD & Animal Husbandry Department.
In the meeting,
it was informed that J&K produces 70 Lac Litres milk daily out of which,
about 2.5 lac Litres milk is processed by cooperatives and private companies.
Further, 177.66 Thousand Metric Tons milk and milk products worth Rs 962.92
crores are imported annually.
has achieved 29% Artificial Insemination and targets to achieve 70% in the next
two years and is aiming to promote dairy farming as a commercial activity with
a focus to generate huge employment.
Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairy, Government of India
briefed the meeting that 100 % central assistance is being provided to the
farmers at door steps by Government of India for Artificial Insemination (AI)
Programme and there is a target of vaccinating 53 crore animals twice in a
year. He further informed that the Government of India is working on a three
pronged strategy to double the milk production and Dairy farmers’ income by
ensuring disease free animals, breed improvement, and input cost reduction.
The Lt. Governor
directed the concerned officers to prepare a comprehensive database for
covering all the cattle under vaccination and improve the AI percentage to
ensure increase in the number of high quality Cross Bred animals, asserting
that dairy Development Sector has very high potential and can have massive
contribution in the socio-economic transformation of farming community,
especially the marginalized, and even land less people. He urged them to adopt
pro-active approach for achieving the targets and derive maximum benefits of
the Government of India schemes.
discussion was held to work out result-oriented strategy aimed at plugging the
gaps and improving the milk production & supply in the UT. Various aspects
including Backward and Forward linkages, input cost reduction, multi agency
coordination, capacity building etc. were discussed for arriving at the desired
For reaching out
to the rural areas, he advised the concerned to adopt Cluster approach and
develop Milk Collection Centres at the lowest possible level like Blocks and
Panchayats. He exhorted the officers to promote Self Help Groups and Dairy
Cooperatives and aware the masses about the economic prospects of lucrative