In a significant move to bolster the dairy industry and enhance the income of dairy farmers, the Uttar Pradesh government has unveiled the Nandini Krishak Samriddhi Yojana as a part of the Nand Baba Mission.
The aim of the Nandini Krishak Samriddhi Yojana is geared towards improving cattle breeds and increasing milk production across the state.
Dairy commissioner and mission director Shashi Bhushan Lal Sushil said that while Uttar Pradesh was a leading producer of milk in the country now Rajasthan is leading producer, the per-animal milk production in the state was low.
The main reason for this is a shortage of high-quality milch animals in the state. To address this shortage and establish more units of superior milch cow breeds, the Nandini Krishak Samriddhi Yojana has been launched.
The Nandini Krishak Samriddhi Yojana has been launched
In the first phase of the scheme, the government would provide subsidies to those beneficiaries setting up 35 units of 25 milch cows.
- The subsidy would be provided in three phases: upon the purchase of cows, for their conservation and for their maintenance.
- In the initial phase, this scheme will be implemented in the ten divisional headquarters of the state, namely Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi, Meerut, Agra and Bareilly.
- Under the scheme, Sahiwal, Gir, Tharparkar and Gangatiri breeds of milch cows are included. The government has estimated a cost of Rs 62.5 lakh for establishing a unit of 25 milch cows under the scheme.
- Therefore, the government will provide a 50 per cent subsidy on the total expenses, which amounts to a maximum of Rs 31.25 lakh.
- In the first phase, 25 percent of the project cost will be provided as a subsidy for unit construction. In the second phase, 12.5 per cent subsidy will be given for the purchase of 25 milch cows, their 3-year insurance, and transportation costs. In the third phase, the remaining 12.5 per cent of the project cost will be provided as a subsidy.
Nand Baba Mission
Launched in June 2023 Mission Nand Baba will spend 1000 crore to increase the farmer’s income by increasing milk production.
- In this mission there will be facilities of the Cooperative Milk Committee for milk producers to sell milk.
- Under this mission, there is a plan to form dairy farmer producer organizations in five districts as a pilot project in the financial year 2023-24, in which women will be given an important role.
- Under this mission, farmers will be given an incentive amount by the government to purchase indigenous cows of improved breed. Grants will also be given to those making fodder and animal feed for cows.
- To ensure proper functioning of Mission Nand Baba, committees have been formed under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary at the state level and DM at the district level. Through the mission, the government will also create a database of cow rearers in the entire state.
NOTE: India produced 221 million tonnes of milk in 2021-22, recording an increase of 5.3% over the previous year, and Rajasthan topped the states by recording slightly more milk output than the earlier biggest producer Uttar Pradesh, shows the 'Basic Animal Husbandry statistics 2022'.
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh were the top five major milk producing states in the country.