Guwahati: The state’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday announced that the 53 bulk milk coolers in possession of Dairy Development Directorate would be provided to dairy cooperatives and milk producers under the public-private-partnership model.
Saying that ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative has brought new lease of life for the state’s dairy farmers, Sonowal stated that collateral-free loans would be provided to dairy farmers through Kishan Credit Cards under this initiative.
He also directed the officials of the concerned department to hold discussions with banks so that the milk producers do not have to face any difficulty in taking advantage of the scheme.
The CM said that a spirit of entrepreneurship has developed among the state’s youths in recent times and they would be encouraged to take up dairy farming and agriculture once they discover the inherent potential of the sectors.
“Huge employment opportunities can be generated if Assam can capture this market by increasing milk production as the state only produces only one-third of its total milk requirement. There is a need to study the problems in the demand-supply-marketing chain while directing the department to engage a dedicated team to assess the potential in the market,” Sonowal said.
Sonowal emphasized the need to attract the local entrepreneurs towards milk production and milk processing industries while equally giving importance to milk by-products like curd, ghee, cream, paneer, butter, ice-cream, chocolate etc.
The department was also directed to organize a meeting between the milk producers and the Chief Minister at the earliest.
Sonowal on Friday reviewed the dairy sector of the state at his office at Janata Bhawan and directed the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department to prepare a roadmap for inspiring the youth of the state to engage in the sector through the generation of self-employment opportunities.