Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh has announced an Rs 215-crore project through the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for Meghalaya Milk Mission for various training under dairy farm, chilling center and purchase of cattle.
The project consists of 2,000 dairy farm units each with a provision for five cows, sheds, storage room, animal insurance, 79 bulk milk coolers of 500-liter capacity and 13 milk tankers of 3,000-litre capacity.
There is also provision for Rs 1 crore for training farmers. The mission aims at plugging the demand-supply gap in the per capita milk availability, which is much lower than the Indian Council of Medical Research’s recommendation of consumption per person.
Governor Ganga Prasad said the mission is a comprehensive one, with essential components that cover both inductions of new cows and development of indigenous cattle by selective breeding. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the Milk Mission will help in addressing the problem of unemployment in the state to a great extent and that it will facilitate self-employment.