Vidarbha’s farmers should increase milk production: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Nov 2017 10:22:09


Business Bureau,

Expressing concern over the inadequate milk production of Vidarbha region, Nitin Gadkari, Union Union Minister for Roads, Highways, Shipping, Water Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation, on Sunday said that while Pune is producing 35 lakh litre of milk, Kolhapur 28 lakh litre and Sangli 17 lakh litre each, Vidarbha's total milk production is just 8 lakh litre a day.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of day-long conference on ‘Vidarbha Milk Development’ in Agro Vision.
Dr Dilip Rath, Chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Kantilal Umap, Commissioner of Animal Husbandry Maharashtra State, Rajiv Jadhav, Dairy Commissioner of Maharashtra, Ashish Deshmukh, MLA Katol, Datta Meghe, former MP, Dr C D Mayee, President of Advisory Committee Agro Vision, Dr Girish Gandhi, Convenor, Ramesh Mankar and Ravi Boratkar both organising secretaries were present on the dais.

Gadkari, who is also Chief Patron of Agro Vision further added, “We need a white revolution in the region to change its economic scenario. We must target to achieve a production of 25 lakh litre a day,” he said adding that farmers should focus on milk production. Appreciating the work of Mother’s Dairy in city, Gadkari assured them every help for further expansion. He advised farmers to supply milk to Mothers Dairy, as its payment is transferred directly to their bank accounts, which will also increase their credit with the bank and they can also be able to avail the loan facility.

He said, Baba Ramdev is planing to invest Rs 200 crore for development of dairy with 10,000 cattles at Hetti in Wardha district.
“Take action against the veterinary doctors who are not discharging their duties in a desired manner. It is found that when the doctors are required they are not available,” he pointed out.

He also advisd farmers to go for improved varieties of cow to enhance milk production adding that breeds of cows like ‘Saiwal’ and ‘Gir’ could prove very beneficial for the region’s farmers.
Expressing satisfaction over the performance of Mothers Dairy, Dr Dilip Rath, Chairman of NDDB said that it started operations in 2016 and in a span of very short time it is procuring milk worth Rs 12 crore per month.

“It was possible because of the consistant support and co-operation from the Government,” Rath said. Sharing an interesting point related to milk production, Rath said that cows in Vidarbha region on an average give milk weighing about 3 kg against the national average of 4.5 kg.
Dr Rath stressed on the need to increase the productivity. On the occasion, Dr Rath also presented NDDB’s detailed project report for Nagpur.

Rajiv Jadhav, Dairy Commissioner of Maharashtra stressed that consistency in collection and price must be maintained similar to that of Western Maharashtra. He also urged the Government to increase the incentives on export of powder milk from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Kantilal Umap, Commissioner of Animal Husbandry Maharashtra State, said that Vidarbha is having 46 per cent of the cattle population in the State, but its contribution is just 23 per cent of the total milk produce in the State.

He spoke in detail about the various schemes of the State Government for fodder and cattle development. Sterilization of unused ox should be done by farmers, he suggested. Ravi Boratkar, Organising Secretary conducted the proceedings of the event while Ramesh Mankar, Organising Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.