Dairy farming gains popularity

By TheHindu on 19 Nov 2016

50 villages earn over Rs. 1 crore per annum from milk sale

Dairy farming, not an attractive activity at one point in time is now picking up in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

More than 50 villages in the twin districts now earn a minimum of Rs. 1 crore per annum by selling milk.

“At least 50 milk producers’ cooperative societies under the Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Union Ltd (DKMUL) sell a minimum of 1,000 litres of milk a day. Their annual earning from the sale milk will be about Rs. 1.25 crore,” said Raviraj Hegde, president, DKMUL.

The twin districts have 680 milk producers’ cooperative societies under the union.

A case in point is Idkidu village in Bantwal taluk. The village has three societies which together collect about 2,500 litres of milk a day from its 270 member-farmers. In that 2,200 litres are sold to the DKMUL while about 300 litres are sold locally in villages.

As farmers get Rs. 34 per litre the annual earning from the sale of milk from three societies in the village would be Rs. 3.10 crore. The earning might vary depending on the collection of milk.

K. Krishna Bhat, president, Soorya Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society which is one among three societies in Idkidu village, said that the society alone collected about 650 litres of milk a day. In 2015-16 it collected 2.18 lakh litres of milk from 96 farmers and thus the 96 farmers together got about Rs. 74 lakh in the year.

The society at Soorya has an allied activity, Mr. Bhat who is also a director in the Board of DKMUL, said.

It has a shredder which makes fodder from arecanut leaf sheath and another machine which makes arecanut bio plates.

The society sells fodder to farmers at Rs. 6 per kg. and sold the bio-plates in the market.

Mr. Bhat, who is also a veterinary doctor, said that fodder of arecanut leaf sheath is nutritious and highly recommended to cows than paddy fodder, a content which results in calcium deficiency among cows coming in the way of conceiving in cows.

He said that dairying has made about 160 farmer members in the village to go for bio-gas production.