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NDDB’s developmental initiativesto boost West Bengal’s rural economy: DilipRath

Kolkata, 27 July 2018: Shri DilipRath, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) laid the
foundation stone for a model DCS building of Chowrangi Women Dairy Cooperative Society (Basanti, South 24 Paraganas district) in presence of Shri Manturam Pakhira, Minister of State, Sundarban Affairs (Independent Charge), Gov of West Bengal, Shri Parash Dutta, Chairman, West Bengal Cooperative Milk
Producers’Federation Ltd andShri Anil Verma.Principal Secretary, Animal Resources Development, Govt of West Bengal.The women milk producers of Chowrangi WDCS now believe that dairying is not only a tool for women’s liberation but can also boost up the rural economy. Speaking at the eventin Sonarpur’s Jaihind auditorium, Shri Rath said that West Bengal needs to diversify from traditional agriculture to dairy farming and allied activities on a large seale.

NDDB plans to adopt this DCS to make it a model dairy cooperative society. The DCS is affiliated to Sundarban Cooperative Milk & Livestock Producers’ Union Ltd. Presently, 61 pourer members pours around 104 liof milk to the society. Apart from milk. Sona mung dal, Dhudheswar rice, Govindobhog Rice, indigenous hen & duck eggs are being procured at Chowrangi DCS.

Keeping in view the role of digital innovation in strengtheg cooperative business, NDDB has developed an integrated Automatic Milk Collection System (AMCS) software for dairy cooperatives. On the request o
Bengal Govt, NDDB has installed AMCS software in DCSs affiliated to Sundarban Cooperative Milk & Livestock Producers’ Union Ltd.

While launching the software, Chairman, NDDB said that apart from introducing transparency in operations the soflware wil improve process efficiency and provide real time information to dairy cooperatives. AMCS enables milk bill payment directly to farmers’ bank accounts. Farmers get instant SMSs for every transaction and have access to all past transactions with AMCS android application
Focusing on the event theme Sustainable Development through Women Dairy Cooperative,Shri Rathsaid that dairy cooperatives should come forward to create new opportunities for self-employment in the rural areas NDDB has been making continuous efforts towards a number of such interventions. It could cither be dairy based, agriculture or allied as resources for the same are easily available in rural areas.Experts from NDDB highlighted techniques of ethno veterinary medicine (EVM).Chairman, NDDB visited the Chowrangi Women DCS at Basantiand interacted with the women milk producers He also observed EVM demonstration, functional flexi biogas plantsandintegrated farming system.

Sundarban Cooperative Milk & Livestock Producers’ Union Ltd
Since inception in 1997, the Sundarban Cooperative Milk & Livestock Producers’ Union Ltd.functioned asonally for about 4-6 forced the milk union to stop operations in 2014. In November 2015, with NDDB’ support, the Sundarban Cooperative Milk & Livestock Producers’ Union Ltd started its revival plan.

The milk union took up the mission of empowcring small and marginal women farmers engaged in dairy/livestock and agriculture farming in Sundarban. Procurement of almost all agricultural produce of farmers such as milk, indigenous duck and hen eggs, indigenous rice, pulses, forest honey were started at DCSs to arrest xploitation by middle-men and stop distress selling. The union became the first organic milk & livestock union in the country.

Availability of quality and hygienic food to the consumers were stressed Frcsently. Sundarban Milk Union, popularly known as Sundarini (South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal) day from 7 r 70 Women DCS covering 3500 women farmers with peak milk procurement of over 4000 Kg per day rom locks. The prominent feature of Sundarban Milk Union is that a milk producer has to submit the “Know Your armer” (KYF information (including bank account & identity proof) to become a DCS member. Every milk sample gets tested at DCS level in presence of farmer with acknowledscment slip. 100% payment is done to
individual Bank Account of farmers through NEFT in 10 days interval. Sundarini is paying premium price to its farmers and minimum 75% of the consumer rupee is going back to them. Sundan ni is now implementing VBMPSunder NDP-I (NDDB), NPDD (Gol). Millennium Alliancc (FICCI).

The Milk Union intiated extensive campaign for awareness and skill development of farmers on organic and livestock farming. It has also started the process for organic certification of all Sundarini products. 100% green fodder, Azolla based milk, egg production without using any chemical pesticide or manure s being promoted. Farmers are being advised to use ethno-veterinary medicine and set up herbal garden. The Union stressed on procurement of 100% SS nilk cans/milk pails for farmers and marketing of cow ghee, honey in glass bottles only. During 2017-18, Sundarini has marketed 7 tonnes of honey and has a target of 15 tonnes next year. Organic mangrove forest honey of Sundarban is collected in cooperative mode.

In terms of value of output, milk is the single largest agricultural commodity in India. NDDB has been
undertaking several initiatives for transforming dairying into an instrument for the development of India’s rural people. Today more than 1.66 crore milk producers affiliated to about 1.86 lakh cooperative societies/producer institutions are being benefited from the dairy cooperative movement in the country. West Bengal has always
been active participant to the schemes being implemented by NDDE Presently, 14 functional milk unions collectively procure about 188 thousand Kg of milk per day from 258000 milk producers covering over 4000 dairy cooperative societies. State’s milk production grew at about 2.7 compared to nation’s 4.9 % in last 10 years. As on March 2018, West Bengal’s cooperative infrastructure
includes 164 BMCs, 12 chilling centres and 11 dairy plants
Under NDDB’s National Dairy Plan I (NDP ID), 26 sub projects of 10 End Implementing Agencies (ElAs) are
under implementation with the total grant assistance of Rs. 43.25 Crore. The ElAs are Bhagirathi Milk Union
PaschimBanga Go SampadBikashSanstha, Icchamati Milk Union, Kishan Milk Union, Kangsaboti Milk Union
Howrah Milk Union, Midnapore Milk Union, Sundarban Milk Union, Kullick Milk Union and Manbhum Milk
Union. The activities being implemented under NDP I in West Bengal include – Strengthening of Haringhata and Salboni Semen
imported Embryos, Ration Bal
Stations to produce 4.81 million high quality disease free semen doses; Bull Production through ancing sub projects which would cover 500 villages through Local Resource
0 milch animals using locally available feed resources at least
, mowers would be ment
Persons (LRPs) to provide balanced ration to 3500 cost; under the Fodder Development sub projects, silage making units will be constructed
procured for demonstration and bio mass storage silos would be constructed; Village Based Milk procure 2738 villages, out of which 1256 would be new villages and 53888 milk producers would be enrolled as members System (VBMPS) sub projects would provide fair & transparent milk procurement system to milk producer.

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