Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday presided over the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing programme between National Dairy Development Board and Government of Assam at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in presence of Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala.
Gracing at the momentous occasion and highlighting the progressive initiatives undertaken for the people of Assam, occasion, the Chief Minister termed the day as historic as it will help transform the dairy sector in Assam.
The MoU would contribute to a major economic growth and rural development by augmenting dairy sector development and generating livelihood.
The programme will help initiate a massive revenue generation, boosting the state's overall economic outreach.
As per the MoU, a joint venture company of NDDB and Assam Govt would be set up for Rs 2000 crore with the target of processing 10 lakh litres of milk through 6 new milk processing units in 7 years.
This would benefit more than 1,75,000 dairy farmers of Assam and increase their earnings, informed Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma during his speech.
The MoU includes setting up of two cattle-feed and organic manure manufacturing units along with import of high yielding cattle breeds and artificial insemination as per the memorandum.
The government also laid the foundation stone of expansion project of Purabi Dairy which would boost its production capacity from 60 to 150 thousand litres per day (TLPD).
Saying that dairy farmers would be provided subsidy for market price fluctuation of their produce, the Chief Minister urged all dairy cooperatives must engage in healthy competitions for economic growth of Assam and they would be helped by the state government. He also stressed on multi cropping and diversification of agricultural practices with hard work and dedication.