Assam – NDDB Dairy Joint Venture

The Assam Government recently signed an agreement with the National Dairy Development Board. Under the agreement, the signatories agreed to establish Rs 2000 crore joint venture.

About the Agreement

  • The joint venture to be established can process ten lakh litres of milk. Around six new units will be established. The units are to be established in seven years. The processing unit will collect milk from more than 4,100 dairy cooperative societies. This is to benefit more than 1,75,000 farmers.
  • In addition, two manufacturing units are to be established. They are cattle feed manufacturing unit and organic manure manufacturing unit.

Supportive measures by the Government

  • The Government of Assam is to provide market subsidies to the milk producers. With this, they will be saved from market fluctuations. Also, the government is creating awareness among the cooperatives to engage in healthy competition.
  • The Assam Government is also looking for ways to adopt new technologies in animal husbandry.
  • More than 15,000 high milk-yielding Gir cows are to be brought to Assam.

Concerns

The milk production in Assam is dominated by the small-scale milk producers. These small holders have to be pulled into the supply cycle. Also, the milk producers face shortage of feed, late maturity in Indian cattle breeds, lack of education and training, lack of hygiene conditions, poor marketing and pricing.

Significance of the Venture

The milk processing helps to preserve the milk for days, months and even weeks. Also, it kills pathogens. During process, the milk undergoes HTST and UHT. During HTST, milk is heated to 72 degrees Celsius for 15 seconds. In UHT process, milk is heated to 135 degrees. HTST is High Temperature Short Time pasteurization. And UHT us Ultra High Temperature sterilization.

NDDB

NDDB is a statutory body. The Operation Flood was launched under NDDB in 1970 in order to modernize the dairy sector. NDDB plays vital role in milk production in the country.

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