Hyderabad: Unveiling his plans to bring in a White Revolution in Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday announced distribution of a buffalo each to around two lakh dairy farmers at a subsidised rate of 50 per cent. About 75 per cent subsidy would be provided in the case of SC/ST dairy farmers. Each buffalo costs about Rs 50,000-Rs 60,000 in the cattle market.
The Chief Minister also accepted the demand of dairy farmers of cooperative societies to give them Rs 4 per litre as incentive for milk procurement, beginning September 24. The incentive is already being provided to dairy farmers of Vijaya Telangana, a dairy brand owned by Telangana State Dairy Development Cooperative Federation (TSDDCF).
The new cattle distribution scheme will be implemented on the lines of the sheep distribution scheme where dairy farmers can purchase a buffalo of their choice with the help of five cooperative dairies in which they are members. The funds will be released to the respective dairy development societies within a month and the chairpersons of the dairy societies of Karimnagar, Mulkanoor, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy, will oversee the implementation of the scheme, which will start within two months.
‘Step up milk output’
In return for the government’s efforts to give a boost to the sector, the Chief Minister wanted every farmer to plant six saplings in his household and name each sapling after a member of his family and take care of the plants by watering them regularly. To this, the gathering of over 8,000 dairy farmers responded positively by giving thunderous applause during a meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan here. He also wanted the dairy farmers to increase their daily production from the existing seven lakh litres to 10 lakh litres within the next six months.
“We need over one crore litres of milk to be supplied to over 1.3 crore households every day. But at present, all the dairies in the State are able to supply only seven lakh litres of milk per day. The rest of the milk is being supplied from States like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and even Gujarat which are making profits. The government wants to support dairy farmers in the State and meet the entire requirements of Telangana people within the next few years,” the Chief Minister said.
Expansion on cards
Chandrashekhar Rao also indicated that it was just a start and he had other plans in the pipeline to strengthen the dairy sector in the State for which modalities are being worked out. A comprehensive scheme for the development of dairy sector will be launched in the State to make it a ‘Ksheera Viplavam’ (Milk or White Revolution), he said, adding that dairy farmers from the Vijaya Dairy Development Society, Mulkanoor Dairy Development Society, Nalgonda and Rangareddy Districts Dairy Development Societies will be given top priority in the schemes to be announced.
Besides supplying more cattle at a subsidised price, the government is also planning to strengthen cooperative dairies to expand their operations, including milk procurement, processing and marketing.