Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

General

NDP I is to be implemented by EIAs in states where the respective state governments commit to undertake the necessary regulatory/ policy support to prepare an environment for successfully implementing the scheme.  The regulatory / policy support to be provided by the state governments are: 

a)      Having in place an appropriate breeding policy;

b)     AI delivery services not being notified as a Minor Veterinary Service (MVS);

c)      Charges for AI delivery being raised gradually to cover full cost;

d)     Semen for AI delivery in the state being sourced only from semen stations graded A or B;

e)      Adoption of common protocols and SOPs issued by DADF for all breeding activities; and

f)       Notification of State Rules under the Prevention and Control of  Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009 

Eligibility Criteria for End Implementing Agencies (EIAs) participating under NDP I 

Each EIA under NDP I will be selected based on certain eligibility criteria.  The process for selection of EIAs under the project will be a two-stage process.   
  • In the first stage, the eligibility of the EIA to participate will be determined and if EIA meets these eligibility criteria, a sub project proposal will be prepared and submitted by them to the PMU.
  • In the second stage, the PMU would appraise the sub project proposal based on Guidelines for Appraisal.

Institutional/ Governance criteria:

  • Should have a duly constituted Governing Body such as Board of Directors/ Board of Trustees/ Management Committee as applicable to the legal form of the EIA.
  • Should have a full time Chief Executive/ Managing Director (or equivalent) and adequate number of qualified technical and managerial personnel to ensure transparent and effective implementation, supervision and reporting of the sub project.

Financial Criteria

  • Audit of accounts should be up to date and the auditor’s opinion should not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer.
  • Should not have any over-dues to any financial institution.
Note:  In the case of newly formed institutions, that are otherwise found to be eligible, the above criteria would not apply till they complete their first financial year.
Technical Criteria for various components/ sub-components/ activities:
 
Technical criteria for production of high genetic merit cattle and buffalo bulls through Progeny Testing:  
  • Breeds identified for Progeny Testing Programme Murrah/ Upgraded Murrah Buffalo, Mehsanai Buffalo, Pure HF, HF crossbred, Jersey crossbred and Sunandini subject to an existing population of at least 1,00,000 adult breedable female animals in the respective native tract.
  • Experience of implementing a Progeny Testing Programme under field conditions in any breed of cattle or buffalo with a minimum of ten bulls in each batch for testing.
  • Capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for bull production by adhering to the prescribed standards of DADF for progeny testing (GoI, MoA, DADF letter F.No.3-13/2008-AHT (NPCBB) dated 19 January 2010).
  • EIA should have a semen station graded “A” or “B” or an arrangement with a semen station graded “A” or “B” by the Central Monitoring Unit (CMU) of the Government of India in their latest evaluation -- for putting in place the required number of bulls under test and obtaining the required number of test doses from the bulls put under test.
  • Either having a network of mobile AI technicians or tie up arrangement with an established AI service provider having mobile AI technicians to carry out test AI in the identified area.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems.

Technical criteria for production of high genetic merit cattle and buffalo bulls through Pedigree Selection:
  • Breeds identified for Pedigree Selection Programme  Rathi, Kankrej, Tharparker, Hariana, Gir and Sahiwal breeds of cattle and Jaffarbadi, Nili Ravi and Pandarpuri breeds of Buffalo subject to an existing population of at least 50,000 adult breedable female animals in the respective native tract.
  • Should have an experience of 5 years in implementing cattle or buffalo breed development programmes in field conditions.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems 
 
Technical criteria for strengthening existing semen stations/ establishing new semen stations
  • Semen Station graded “A” or “B” by the Central Monitoring Unit (CMU) of the Government of India in their latest evaluation and required land (free of encumbrance) and supporting infrastructure to expand the facilities.
  • Capacity to strictly adhere to Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) (laid down by DADF, GoI – April 2005) and have in place adequate bio-security measures to produce disease free semen doses.
  • Capacity to obtain data from each buyer about the actual use of semen doses
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems.
  • The new semen station to be set up under the project will be required to have a capacity to annually produce a minimum of 10 million quality disease free semen doses following prescribed protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).   Consistent with these requirements, an EIA should:
    •  have the capacity to contribute 25 per cent of the capital investment;
    • own or have on long lease, encumbrance free land of 200 acres for setting up the station;
    • satisfy ESMF requirements
    • have the capacity to obtain data from each buyer about the actual use of semen doses; and
    • have the management capability of satisfactorily operating a new semen station which has a capacity to annually produce a minimum of 10 million high quality disease free semen doses following prescribed protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
  • Preference will be given to an EIA that is already managing an existing large semen station graded A by the CMU or has a suitable collaboration/ arrangement with such an institution for technical and management guidance/ support. 

Clarification : "National Steering Committee in its 4th meeting dated 20 February 2013 has re-appropriated the investment of planned two New Mega Semen Stations to existing A and B graded semen stations."

Technical criteria for Ration Balancing Programme: 
  • EIAs must have their own plants for manufacture and supply of cattle feed, mineral mixture or have an assured tie up for sourcing these products.
  • EIA must have adequate arrangements for imparting training to all village LRPs as per the specified curriculum.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems. 
Technical criteria for establishing Fodder Seed Processing Plants: 
  • EIAs should have experience of producing/procuring certified/ truthfully labelled fodder seeds.
  • EIAs should have the capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for fodder seed processing and the capacity to strictly adhere to the SOPs for seed procurement and processing.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems. 

Technical criteria for participating in Silage Making Demonstrations:
 
Fodder Crops: Maize, Sorghum, Pearl Millet and Oats.
  • EIAs should have a network of village level farmers organisations such as village Dairy Cooperative Societies, Milk Producers’ Institutions and Self Help Groups and having experience in conducting demonstrations for technology transfer at field level.
  • EIAs should have capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for demonstrations.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that have prior experience in this area. 

Technical criteria for participating in Mower Demonstrations: 
  • EIAs should have access to farmers who can collectively make available about 400 hectares of their land which is generally under combined harvesting for securing crop residues.
  • EIAs should have capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for demonstrations.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that have prior experience in this area. 

Technical criteria for participating in crop residue enrichment and fodder densification:  
  • EIAs must have the capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for crop residue enrichment and densification.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that have prior experience in this area. 

Technical criteria for participating in biomass storage silos: 
  • EIAs should have a network of village level farmers organisations such as village Dairy Cooperative Societies, Milk Producers’ Institutions and Self Help Groups and having experience of providing production enhancement services and interested in movement of dry fodder from surplus to deficit areas.
  • EIAs should have land (free of encumbrances) for setting up the storage silos.
  • EIAs should have the capacity to formulate and implement a sound plan for crop residue enrichment and densification.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that have prior experience in this area. 

Technical criteria for village based milk procurement operations:
 
A: Dairy Cooperatives 
  • should have willingness and capacity to contribute 50 per cent of the capital investment.
  • should have demonstrated experience in organising producers into cooperatives, transparency in milk collection, milk quality testing and timely payments to members/ producers.
  • should have its own milk processing facilities or have a forward linkage with an existing milk processing facility.
  • should have the land/ premises for setting up the Bulk Milk Coolers free of encumbrances.
  • should have capacity to implement a sound plan for milk procurement by adhering to guidelines for village based milk procurement systems.
  • should have positive net-worth.
  • Preference will be given to EIAs that already have in place IT based reporting and monitoring systems.
B: Producer Companies
  • should be purchasing milk from their member-Milk Producer Institutions located in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (which together account for over 50 per cent of the country’s milk production).  
  • annual average milk procurement should be more than 1 lakh kilograms per day from at least 20,000 30,000 pourers.
  • should have provisions in their Articles of Association for active membership, patronage based returns and patronage based voting rights (subject to the condition that no single member would have voting rights exceeding 0.5 per cent of the total votes of the producer company)
  • should have the land/ premises for setting up the Bulk Milk Coolers free of dispute.
  • one-fifth of the total Directors of the producer company should comprise experts who have been co-opted.
  • could have membership from one or more than one State.
  • preference will be given to producer companies that have a system of raising patronage linked member capital.