National Diary Development Board and Ladakh sign MoU
The Union Territory of Ladakh and National Dairy Development Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct survey in the rural livelihood of Ladakh.
The survey will collect data required to create a road map towards promotion and development of dairy sector in Ladakh. The roadmap will act as a guide to enhance the income of rural population in the area.
The list of households to be included in the roadmap irrespective of their diary animal holding status has been released by the National Dairy development board.
The survey is to be conducted based on crucial aspects such as suitability of breeds, climatic conditions, artificial intelligence support, animal health, feed and fodder availability and impediments in logistics and supply chain management.
The technical and managerial support for the services to be provided by the National Dairy development board.
The union territory administration of Ladakh will finalize a plan based on the discussion with the stakeholders.
What is the plan?
The National Dairy and Development Board will provide training to nominated coordinators from the districts of Kargil and Leh. The coordinators in turn will identify investigators from the villages. These investigators will be involved in the survey to monitor and supervise the field work.
Dairy Sector in India
India is the largest producer of milk in the world. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation India contributes 22% of the world annual milk production. However, the covid-19 pandemic has affected the diary sector of India adversely. This has reduced the milk prices by 10 to 13 rupees per litre. In this scenario it is important for the Government of India to increase milk Exports. The Memorandum of understanding find recently with Ladakh will help achieve increased imports.
This step will help the ethnic group of Ladakh called Dard Aryans. They rear sheep and goat for milk and meat. They are included in the Scheduled Tribes list.