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Milk production set to hit a new high

Milk production set to hit a new high
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After successful implementation of sheep distribution scheme, the district administration is now all set to start cattle distribution scheme...

Khammam: After successful implementation of sheep distribution scheme, the district administration is now all set to start cattle distribution scheme introduced by the State government to the beneficiaries across united Khammam district.

To improve milk production and rural economy in the State apart from reviving caste-based professions, the government introduced the new scheme of distribution of cattle to dairy farmers for increasing milk production and handed over the responsibility to the Animal Husbandry department.

Under the scheme, cows and buffalos will be distributed at a subsidised rate of 75 percent to the beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and at the rate of 50 percent subsidy to beneficiaries belonging to other castes along with Rs 5,000 extra under transport charges to each beneficiary.

The government is also going to provide insurance for the cattle distributed to the beneficiaries for a period of three years and supply 300 kgs of fodder (100 kgs/month) for three months through Animal Husbandry department. It may be noted that the government already decided to pay subsidy of Rs 4 per litre to dairy farmers who are supplying milk to the Vijaya Dairy.

The chairman of the Dairy Farmers Association’ Samineni Hari Prasad said this scheme would boost the income of farmer’s who were into the business of milk production. The best quality of cattle will be distributed to dairy farmers by spending Rs 80,000 per each unit. Dairy farmers will be given free hand for purchasing the cattle on their own.

Joint Director of the Animal Husbandry Department Dr Narasimhulu said all arrangements were made for the perfect implementation of new scheme which is first-of-its-kind in the country.

After conducting awareness programmes to dairy farmers in respective milk centres of Vijaya Dairy across the united Khammam district, the list of beneficiaries had been prepared which included 1,089 members. Out of which 907 beneficiaries were from Khammam district and 182 from Bhadradri Kothagudem district, he added.

The scheme would be launched by Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao very soon in the district, he informed. Vijaya Dairy Manager G Nagamani said about 257 beneficiaries had already paid their share of amount in the form of DDs to the Animal Husbandry Department. She requested the representatives of milk societies to complete the process of registration in their respective villages as early as possible.

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