The Government has submitted a proposal for availing loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency for “Dairying through Cooperatives-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan’’ in line with the mandate of Government to double farmers income in next five years.
The total outlay of the proposal is Rs 20,057 crores. The proposal primarily aims to cover additional 1.28 lakh villages, 121.83 lakh additional milk producers, setting up of 1.05 Lakh bulk milk coolers at village level creating 524.20 lakh kg milk per day capacity of milk chilling and creation of milk and milk product processing infrastructure of 76.5 lakh Kg per day capacity.
Besides, the programme will modify or expand old milk and milk product plants created 20-30 years ago under Operation Flood and also create milk and milk products plants for value added products which will benefit 160 lakh existing farmers. The fund will be routed through National Dairy Development Board for the development of dairy sector. The proposal has been forwarded by Department of Economic Affairs to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).