objective of Dairy Development is to provide forward and backward
linkages to the dairy farmers so that economic upliftment of the
dairy farmers is achieved particularly for the poor and the needy
ones. Keeping this point in view, the District Administration
in Lakhimpur district has provided 40 nos. of cross breed cows
under RSVY(05-06) to 4 nos. of SHGs comprising a total of 40 members
so that the economic condition of the dairy farmers is improved
and milk production in the district is increased. At present,
around 800 litres of milk is being collected from these members
for the milk plant under this deptt.
Dairy Development office at Charaimoria
The Dairy Development in collaboration with
Lakhimpur district administration has formed a Dairy Federation comprising
selected dairy farmers of the district who have been given bank linkages
to induct cross breed cows to increase milk production. These dairy
farmers are united under one umbrella so that they get a single platform
to market their milk. Therefore, in order to facilitate this, the district
administration has provided a grant in aid of Rs. 24.19 lakhs under
RSVY(2004-05) to install a milk processing plant in which the milk from
these members are being collected, processed and finally marketed. The
milk plant was already commissioned in Nov,2009 in the dairy campus
at Charaimoria and the production was started from 1st Nov/2010. At
present the milk is being pasteurized, packed in pouches(500 ml) and
finally sold in the market under the brand name “LAKHIMI”. The procurement
price of the raw milk from these farmers is Rs. 35/- per liter and the
selling price of the pasteurized milk in pouches is Rs. 40/- per litre.
There is also provision for manufacturing some milk products namely
cream, ghee, and dahi. Out of the total pasteurized milk currently sold
in the market, 300 liters is sold to ITBP. Kimin and the rest amount
is sold in the 8 nos. of sale points located in the North Lakhimpur
An exposure visit for the Dairy Fed members of
Lakhimpur district was also organized by the District Administration from
23rd Aug’2010 to 24th August’2010 to the Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak
Samabai Samity, Jagiroad. Altogether 42 Dairy Fed members participated in
this one day exposure tour which was a part of RSVY programme. The feed
back from the members revealed that they really had a fruitful experience
which they are trying to replicate in their own dairy farm.
For facilitating the increase in milk production in the district, potential
areas are identified on a cluster basis. Two nos. of such types of cluster
basis dairy areas were already set up at Pathalipahar and Bhogpur and three
more of such types of dairy areas are being identified at Boginadi, Laluk
Under the RKVY scheme during 2009-10, 40 nos. of dairy fed members who have
been supplying milk to the milk plant under this deptt. regularly were provided
with 2 nos, of crossbreed cows each (Bank linkage with 50% subsidy). Further,
during 2011-12 under RKVY, there was also a provision for providing 95 nos.
of bicycles fitted with 2 nos. of milk cans( 20 liter each) to these farmers.
So, 95 nos. bicycles and 190 nos. of milk cans were already distributed
to dairy fed members of the Lakhimpur district .
Finally in a nutshell, it may be mentioned that the achievements made by
the cluster basis dairy village at Pathalipahar belonging to the Swarnadhenu
SHG is really appreciable as from a mere collection of 20 litres of milk
per day in 2010, has increased their collection to more than 800 litres
of milk per day as on today. Almost all the members of this cluster has
now started rearing cross breed cows as they have been provided bank linkage
under Venture Capital Fund (NABARD sponsored). To facilitate milk collection
in both morning and evening, a Bulk Milk Cooler(BMC) was installed at Pathalipahar
by the Dairy Deptt. under Annual Plan 2011-12. Moreover the Govinda Dugdha
Utpadak SHG at Jaipur(Bhogpur) has also reached a production level of more
than 80 liters of milk per day within 6 months from the date of its formation.
The implemented schemes found to induce more people nearby to take up dairy
farming knowing the benefits of the SHG members getting out of it. This
is evident from the fact that more people are coming here to get such scheme
in their locality. Moreover, individual people are also seeking finance
under Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (NABARD sponsored) for dairy
farming in the district.
Photo Credit: Dairy Development Department,