The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is expanding its footprint in Eastern and North-Eastern States in the country by taking dairy development activities in some of the most backward areas of these regions together with local partners, it said in a statement.
Recently, the Jharkhand government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NDDB and Jharkhand Milk Federation (JMF) till March 2024.
JMF has four dairy plants at Ranchi, Deoghar, Koderma and Latehar, with total installed capacity of 140 lakh tonnes per day (TLPD) and one cattle feed plant at Hotwar, Ranchi. The government of Jharkhand has requested NDDB to construct, establish and manage three new dairy plants in the state. NDDB has taken the assignment on a priority on turn-key basis, the statement said.
Similarly, NDDB has been able to turn the West Assam Cooperative Milk Union (Wamul) in Assam, which was on the verge of closing down in 2008 into a viable entity and today Wamul’s Purabi is a prominent dairy brand in Assam.
NDDB is also providing technical and manpower support for milk procurement, processing, marketing and training and capacity-building activities. NDDB-managed Wamul has been recording continuous growth in the milk procurement and marketing indices, said NDDB.
NDDB has been conducting benchmark surveys in Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura at the request of cooperative milk producers’ unions and has prepared reports for estimating milk production potential in these States. NDDB also had preliminary discussions with Sikkim Milk Union for the latter’s future development.