NDDB to invest Rs 65 cr on expansion of Nagpur plant

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Aug 2017 09:53:45


 

Business Bureau,

THE National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has chalked out ambitious plans to invest Rs 65 crore in plant expansion at its Nagpur dairy plant. Work on setting up facilities for producing about 5,000 litres per day of fresh dairy products, curd and chach, is underway and would be completed by September 2017. This was revealed by Dilip Rath, Chairman of NDDB while talking to the media on Wednesday.

Apart from this, it also plans to set up a new dairy plant on a 20-acre plot at Gove Bhiwandi, near Mumbai with an investment layout of Rs 129 crore. The construction work is slated to start from the first half of 2018.He was in the city to review the progress of NDDB’s dairy development initiative in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.


“With a view to boost dairy development in Vidarbha and Marathwada, the NDDB is playing a proactive role in making dairying a more meaningful and sustainable occupation for milk producers,” he said.
The major focus is to provide market access and ensure remunerative prices to the milk producers.


As per the MoUs signed with the Government of Maharashtra in 2013, NDDB and its subsidiaries – Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt Ltd (MDFVPL) and NDDB Dairy Services (NDS) had agreed to implement a dairy development initiative in Vidarbha and Marathwada, under which milk producers in the region will be provided access to markets in Nagpur and Mumbai, through a milk producer company.


The Government of Maharashtra was to provide assistance including funds for a coordinated approach to improve productivity through animal breeding, nutrition and health.
The NDDB has surveyed about 845 villages in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions and was procuring milk from the farmers at these villages. From Vidarbha, it is procuring cow and buffalo milk from 525 villages in Vidarbha and 320 villages from Marathwada. It had set a target of procuring milk from 3,000 villages by 2020, he said. Currently about 9,103 milk procurers in 487 operational Milk Pooling Points (MPPs) covering 845 villages are collectively procuring about 50,884 litres of milk per day.

The milk is being collected with the help of 3 milk chilling centres (MCCs), 13 BMCs in Vidarbha and 42 BMCs and one MCC in Marathwada. 100 per cent milk producers are receiving payment directly in their bank accounts (total cumulative payment till date Rs 26 crore). Procurement has been initiated in Yavatmal after completing the survey. To initiate support for animal nutrition, 40 villages have been selected in Amravati and Wardha for the Ration Balancing Programme (RBP). 19 LRPs have been trained under the programme, he said.


Apart from transferring the Nagpur dairy on lease and land for setting up a new dairy at Gove Bhiwandi, the Government of Maharashtra was to provide assistance including funds for a coordinated approach to improve productivity through animal breeding, nutrition and health.
He said that as a precursor to formation of a Milk Producer Company, MDFVPL initiated milk procurement operations in Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Nanded, Osmanabad and Buldana.


He said that the emphasis was to promote indigenous cow and buffalo breeds due to suitable climate conditions. 264 animals had been registered under INAPH with 387 ear tagging already done. Village level meetings were carried out to sensitise farmers about importance of RBP, he added.