Union Minister MSME Sh. Nitin Gadkari has addressed NDDB and  Animal Husbandry Department of Maharashtra  state. He asked them to make concerted  efforts in  increasing the per day milk procurement . It would help in bringing the white revolution in districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada. Sh. Giriraj Singh, Sh Sunil Kedar and NDDB chairman Sh Dilip Rath also attended the meeting.

The per day milk procurement in districts like Sangli, Kolhapur and Pune is between 20 to 30 lakh liters. While it is only 2.16 lakh lpd in eleven districts of Vidarbha where NDDB have started the milk collection. As per Mr Gadkari’s expectations, this performance shall improve in coming days. He also underlined the need for appointing the Artificial Insemination technicians at village level for breed development of indigenous cows. The minsiter told AHD officials and  Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) to focus on development  of cow breeds like Sahiwal, Gir instead of breeds like jersey.

Infrastructure for breeding

He advised AHD of Maharashtra to take help from Nagpur based MAFSU to set up an AI (Artificial Insemination) laboratory. He also expected the live-stock officers and veterinary officials to work for improving breed of milching animals in the Vidarbha region. Sh. Gadkari also instructed the Nagpur district officials and AHD to use the centrally allocated fund of 106 Crore Rupees for components like Dairy development, fodder development, vaccination etc. Sh. Gadkari stressed upon to increase the milk collection centres in aspirational district like Gadchiroli.

Sexed semen

Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Sh. Giriraj Singh,   told NDDB and Mother Dairy officials to bring future plans on Ground. He also instructed the NDDB officials to discuss the modalities in fund allocation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) with the Nagpur district officials. He also instructed AHD of Maharashtra to set the affordable rate of the ‘Sexed Semen’ with use of indigenous technology. AHD may take technical help from universities like MAFSU.  Secretary ,AHD, Dr Anup Kumar , informed that, the intensive vaccination for foot mouth disease (FMD) in animals will be done from 1st  September itself in the state of Maharashtra.

Livestock development Minister of Maharashtra, Sh.Sunil Kedar  reiterated that the farmer and   live-stock are at the centre-stage of Maharashtra’s Government policy. The State is doing every possible effort with the cooperation from NDDB and Central Government. He also stressed upon the need for marketing of Mother Dairy products.

NDDB chairman Dilip Rath told about the achievements of NDDB and Mother Dairy in the Vidarbha region. He also informed that the Wardha’s famous Goras-Pak biscuits which are made from cow’s clarified butter, honey and wheat flour will be commercially launch by Mother Dairy in coming days. The officers from NDDB and AHD, Nagpur District Administration were present in this meeting.