NDDB to promote dairy farming in Himachal Pradesh

By Times Of India on 09 Jun 2018 | read
Vadodara/Anand: Anand-headquartered National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will promote dairy farming in the Himalayan hill state of Himachal Pradesh.
After a meeting between Jai Ram Thakur, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, and NDDB chairman Dilip Rath on Friday at Shimla, the board announced a slew of measures to promote dairying in the state.

Rath said NDDB would provide support to dairy institutions of the state to enable them better serve their members and promote producer institutions.

To address the issue of low milk solids-not-fat (SNF) percentage in dairy animals, NDDB will introduce ration balancing programme in Himachal to promote utilization of available feed resources efficiently with value addition.

NDDB will support the state government by making available quality frozen semen doses of indigenous breeds like Sahiwal and Red Sindhi for upgrading nondescript cattle breeds of Himachal.

It may implement a progeny testing project for Jersey cattle in the identified pockets of the state which would enable production of high genetic merit Jersey bulls to meet the requirement of Jersey bulls by the semen stations across the country.

As Palampur semen station of Himachal’s animal husbandry department is located in a crowded residential cum commercial area having no scope for expansion, NDDB has recommended that the station be shifted to a suitable location where ensuring biosecurity is feasible.

It has also recommended that Aduwal semen station should be graded. NDDB will provide technical and managerial assistance in relocating the semen station with all biosecurity measures.

Raw milk which is procured from milk producers based on quality checks at DCS level is being transported either to nearest processing plant or chilling centres or bulk milk coolers owned by the federation.

The federation markets milk mainly in larger towns such as Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur. It has limited presence in Chandigarh and Panchkula. In the year 2017-18, the federation sold around 25 TKgPD of liquid milk.