The hamlet of Jerri declared a “dairy village” to J&K : The Tribune India

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Jammu, 20 Jan.

The administration of Jammu and Kashmir declared Jerri settlement in Reasi district as the first “dairy village” in the union territory and sanctioned 57 other dairy farms under the Integrated Dairy Development Scheme ( IDDS) for the hamlet, officials said.

The dairy village, which houses 73 individual dairy units with 370 cows, will provide financial security to local farmers, they said.

Taking the initiative to create a hamlet of dairy farms, the women of the colony formed a cooperative of 11 women to collect milk from dairy farms and households to then transport it to milk sales factories or other establishments. .

“We have cut this village into a dairy or dairy hamlet as local farmers in DC Reasi inspect dairy farms,” local farmer Dheeraj said.

After being declared a “dairy village”, a total of 57 units were sanctioned under the IDDS for the village, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Under the integrated dairy development program, dairy units with five animals receive a 50 percent subsidy.

The program also provides milking machine, 50% subsidized bulk milk cooling unit (maximum Rs 5 lakh), paneer machine, khoya making, Dahi making, cream separator, ice cream machine, butter and ghee machine (maximum subsidy Rs 3.5 lakh), milk van (maximum subsidy Rs 2 lakh), ATM milk subsidy of Rs 5 lakh, they added.

District Development Commissioner (DDC) Reasi Charandeep Singh contacted the hamlet to interact with the farmers and also inquired about the income situation and turnover of their dairy units.

He asked them to encourage their fellow farmers to open more such units for handsome income, as this will also solve the problem of unemployment.

The hamlet has seen the formation of an 11-woman cooperative for collecting milk from dairy farms and households for onward transport to milk-selling factories or other establishments, they said.

“Other such cooperatives in the village will be set up to ensure the collection of milk by the cooperatives and its subsequent transport to the milk selling establishments, thus completing the supply chain,” a senior official said. .

In December, the administration declared the hamlet of Jerri a dairy village.

Naveen Choudhary, Principal Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, hailed the launch of the dairy village, calling it a major economic reform by the locals.

“The dairy village, which houses 73 individual dairy units with a total of 370 cows, would provide financial security to local farmers,” he said.

Choudhary said the creation of the dairy village and its eventual success would inspire many others to start similar units to their best advantage.

“Timely support and subsidies from government agencies have helped farmers enormously to set up such self-employment businesses to earn a living with dignity,” he noted.

The Principal Secretary also called for increasing the average size of a dairy unit besides asking dairy farmers to form their farmer producer organizations that can transform their lives towards a bright future.

He also ordered the livestock department to provide a refrigerated van to these farmers with a 50% subsidy. PTI

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