NDDB to promote dairy farming in Himachal Pradesh

 

NDDB to promote dairy farming in Himachal Pradesh

 

Shimla, 8 June 2018: With a view to promote dairying and rural livelihoods in Himachal Pradesh, Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB held wide ranging discussions with Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on 8 June 2018 at Shimla. The Hon’ble CM showed keenness to take immediate measures for dairy development in the interest of milk producers. He said that dairy development is not about the commodity called milk but about the socio-economic transformation of rural households in Himachal.

Shri Rath said NDDB would provide support to dairy institutions of the state so as to enable them better serve their members and promote producer institutions that remain true to cooperative values.

To address the issue of low milk SNF percentage in dairy animals, NDDB had conducted a study for udder level milk SNF% estimation and impact of feeding balanced ration on milk SNF% level. The study also included other milk quantity & quality along with biological parameters. The main focus was to extend benefits and create awareness among farmers about feeding balanced ration to milch animals.

Chairman, NDDB said that the Dairy Board intends to introduce Ration Balancing Programme in Himachal Pradesh to promote utilization of available feed resources efficiently with value addition. He said that feeding a balanced ration to dairy animals has a significant impact on increasing milk production.

NDDB will support the State government by making available quality frozen semen doses of indigenous breeds like Sahiwal and Red Sindhi for upgrading non – descript cattle breeds of Himachal Pradesh. NDDB may implement a progeny testing project for Jersey cattle in the identified pockets of the state which would enable production of High Genetic Merit Jersey bulls to meet the requirement of Jersey bulls by the semen stations across the country.  

Palampur semen station of the Animal Husbandry department is located in a crowded residential/commercial area and has no scope for expansion and strengthening bio-security which is important. NDDB recommends to shift the Palampur semen station to suitable location where ensuring biosecurity is feasible. NDDB also recommends that Aduwal semen station should be graded. NDDB will provide all technical and managerial assistance in relocating the semen station with complete bio security measures.

Presently, the Himachal Milk Federation has 640 functional DCSs with total membership of 38500 out of which more than 35% are women. The federation procured nearly 63 TKgPD (7% of marketable surplus) of milk during the year 2017-18. Raw milk is being procured from milk producers based on quality checks at DCS level and milk is being transported either to nearest processing plant or chilling centre (CC)/Bulk milk coolers owned by the Federation. For this, 107 Bulk Milk Coolers have been installed at the DCS villages with a combined capacity of 120 KL. In addition, the Federation has 24 chilling centres with a combined capacity of 82 TLPD. The Federation follows a milk billing cycle of 15 days.

The Federation owns 3 processing plants with combined capacity of 65 TLPD. The surplus milk of Mandi and Dharamshala plants are transferred to Shimla plant for processing and the same is sent for conversion to private dairy plants in Punjab. The Federation markets milk mainly in larger towns such as Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur. It has limited presence in Chandigarh and Panchkula too. The Federation sold around 25 TKgPD of liquid milk in the year 2017-18.

During 2016-17, Federation’s turnover was Rs.109.92 crores. It posted a net profit of Rs 2.47 crores.