At a time when demand for milk in India is expected to be around 200 million tonnes by 2021-22 against the production of 122.8 million tonnes in 2010-11, the Centre has come out with an ambitious ‘National Dairy Plan (NDP) designed to increase the milk production in tandem with the demand growth.
The new Central scheme with an outlay of Rs 2,242 crore for the first phase is a scientifically planned multi-state initiative, which will ensure the required annual growth of over 4 per cent in milk production in the next 15 yeras, a statement from National Dairy Development Board said here today. The release said, while increasing the productivity of milch annimals, NDP will also provide India’s 70 million small-holder rural milk producers with greater access to the organized milk-processing sector. NDP is a six-year plan to be implemented in the 14 major milk producing states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The scheme will be largely financed through International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank and implemented by NDDB through End Implementing agencies located in the states.
Considering the significance of the NDP, the World Bank has also willingness to finance 80 per cent of the overall project cost of Rs 17,000 crore provided implementation of the first phase produces desired results.
It has also agreed to release first installment of Rs 2242 crores for the implementation of the initial phase, the release added.