CM seeks four-fold jump in state dairy production
Patna, Dec 19 (PTI) Expressing happiness over the increase in production by Bihar Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd (COMFED)’s in the past six years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today set an ambitious target of four-fold increase over the next ten years.
The dairy products under ‘Sudha’ brand has doubled in the past six years under the NDA government, he said at a function.
Kumar said the government has proposed to launch schemes for promotion of animal husbandry under the new agriculture road map with dairy production being one of its thrust sectors to cater to the growing consumption in the state and the country.
As per the animal husbandry promotion policy those interested in breeding and raising livestock can raise cattle by committing only 10 per cent capital and taking a loan of 40 per cent from banks, while the remaining half will be given to them as subsidy, Kumar said.
COMFED on its part should expand its storage and processing capacity and adopt new stratagies for marketing its products. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said banks in the state have been given a target of Rs 1423 crore for loan disbursement among the dairy producers. So far 8000 loan applications have been submitted to the banks by dairy producers, he said and urged the banks to favourably dispose of them within a time frame.