Staff Reporter, Bhopal Animal Husbandry Minister Shri Ajay Vishnoi has said that Madhya Pradesh government is committed to promote dairy industry in the interest of weaker sections engaged in milk production.
Shri Vishnoi was addressing the 41st daily industry convention of Indian Dairy Association West Zone in Mumbai today. Shri Vishnoi informed that Madhya Pradesh is very rich in livestock. The state government has implemented livestock development policy in year 2011 keeping in view importance of animal husbandry in agriculture sector development and poverty eradication. In the policy, special attention has been paid to agriculture climatic zones and socio-economic activities. Participation of women in livestock breeding is being increased. Participation of non-government organisations, voluntary institutions and public-private participation is also being promoted for expansion and implementation of programmes for increasing livestock production and productivity.
Special attention is being paid to breed improvement programmes for increasing productivity of livestock. At present, facility is being provided to artificially inseminate 20 percent female animals which are ready for conception. Efforts are afoot to increase this to 50 percent. He informed that scientific parameters are being chalked out in the state for procreation of bovine animals and buffaloes. Branding zones have been set up in accordance with species of animals.
During year 2011-12, country’s total milk production was 128 million tonnes while that of the state was 8.15 million tonnes. Last year, rate of milk production increase was 5.13 in the country while state’s average growth rate stood at 8.15 percent. During 12th Five-Year Plan, efforts will be made to ensure that average increase in milk production remains around 8 to 9 percent and state’s total milk production is increased to 12.5 million tonnes. He said that loan liabilities on all dairy federations have been ended by entering into an agreement with the National Dairy Development Board.
Capacity of Bhopal Dairy Federation established in year 1980 is being increased to 3 lakh liters per day. Modern machines are being fitted at the plant. Bundelkhand Special Dairy Package has been successfully implemented in Bundelkhand area at a cost of Rs. 21 crore 50 lakh. He informed that dairy cooperative societies have been set up in 561 villages in Madhya Pradesh. They are producing about 30 thousand milk daily. So far, Rs. 37 crore 50 lakh has been paid as purchase value of the milk to milk producers under Bundelkhand Project.