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NDDB to support Punjab’s dairy farmers in enhancing income

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New Delhi/Anand, April 21 (MondayMirror.com) The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) on Thursday assured support to Punjab government’s endeavour in setting up 12 more milk plants in the state at an estimated outlay of about Rs 900 crore in order to bail out dairy farmers.

There already are 11 milk plants in Punjab, covering 6,000 villages, and the new ones would taking the total numbersto 23 and would cover a total of 12,000 villages. This would help in procuring additional 10 lakh litres of milk per day.

“This endeavour will not just supplement the farmers’ income but also lead to another White Revolution in Punjab,” said NDDB Chairman Meenesh Shah after meeting Punjab’s Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development & Fisheries, Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal Minister at Anand.

The Punjab government would establish Total Mixed Ration (TMR) plant at Amritsar on the lines of two existing plants successfully operational in Ganganagar and Kolhapur, at an estimated outlay of Rs 80 crore, so as to overcome the problem of pollution and to provide cheaper feed to the dairy farmers, officials said.

“NDDB would provide all necessary assistance. This would also help solve the problem of burning crop residues.”

Shah said that NDDB will work with the state government and arrange the required financial and technical assistance.

Source: IANS

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