In a significant move to boost the dairy industry, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh recently announced the establishment of a state-of-the-art milk processing plant in collaboration with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). With an estimated cost of Rs 250 crore, this ambitious project aims to revolutionize milk production and processing in the region. The venture is expected to bring substantial economic and social benefits to the state while enhancing its position in the dairy sector.
Collaboration with the National Dairy Development Board
The partnership with the NDDB marks a key milestone for Himachal Pradesh‘s dairy industry. The NDDB, established in 1965, is a premier organization dedicated to promoting, planning, and implementing dairy development programs in India. The NDDB will provide assistance, ranging from marketing support to operational guidance, ensuring the successful establishment and functioning of the plant.
About the plant
The capacity of Dagwar plant would range from one lakh to three lakh litres, in which high-quality products of milk would also be prepared.
Establishment of the plant at Dagwar would benefit the farmers of regional areas like Kangra, Hamirpur, Una and Chamba districts also. NDDB will also conduct a survey for milk collection system in these areas.
Environmental Considerations and Rural Economy
The government has also emphasized on commitment to environmental sustainability. The packaging of dairy products will be free from plastic, and alternative materials will be explored to protect the climate and air quality in the state. Recognizing the close relationship between animal husbandry and agriculture in the state, the state government aims to strengthen the rural economy and increase farmers’ income.
Fulfilling the Congress Party’s Manifesto Promise
The state government had pledged to purchase cow milk from dairy farmers at Rs 80 per liter and buffalo milk at Rs 100 per liter and sell it to improve the financial condition of the state. This will also protect milk producers from regional and seasonal price fluctuations, particularly those from poorer sections of society.
About Himachal Pradesh
- About 90% of the population of the state lives in rural areas
- It has two capitals Shimla in Summers & Dharamshala in Winters
Important takeaways for competitive examinations
- Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu is the current Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
- Chairman of National Dairy Development Board is Meenesh Shah