Milk production up by 20% in 1 Yr

RUPESH SAMANT (PTI), PANAJI | 07 March 2013 14:00 IST

The number of dairy farmers have more than doubled in Goa during last one year, boosting the production of milk by almost 20 per cent more than the previous years.

The white revolution is gripping Goa’s rural areas where the farmers are increasingly taking over to the dairy farming. The government officials claims that the schemes implemented by state animal husbandry and veterinary services (AHVS) are driving the production.

The official statistics revealed that the production has rose from 40,000 litres per day during the year 2011 to 51,000 litres per day from December 2012 onwards. Officials claim that the production will touch 68,000 litres by end 2013 financial year.

The number of farmers has increased from 6067 last year to 15557 during the current year, who are registered under various schemes implemented by AHVS.

Giriraj Vernekar, special assistant to chief minister incharge of agriculture and AHVS told PTI that the schemes were tailor-made for the requirements of dairy farmers. “The aim was to make dairy business lucrative. The farmers should get the profits,” he said.

Flagship kamdhenu scheme was modified after chief minister Manohar Parrikar took over giving more incentives to the farmers, Vernekar said. The official records reveal that Kamdhenu scheme subsidy worth Rs 1.9 crore was distributed during the current fiscal as against Rs 82 lakh during last FY.

The incentives worked and the number of farmers swelled. “I have come across a dairy farmer who has constructed a house and can afford a month EMI of Rs 25, 000,” Vernekar said.

Goa which has a requirement of 3.5-4 lakh litres of milk every day is largely dependent on neighbouring states for the supply. The cooperative movement in the form of Goa Milk Union has not managed to prove fruitful, as the milk production remained at depressing levels till end last year.

“Things are changing now for better. We have set a target of having one lakh litres of additional milk production from Goa itself, which will decrease our dependence on other states,” Dr B Braganza, Director, AVHS said, adding that 5,000 new animals would be purchased by various farmers in the state.

He said that the poor quality of fodder supplied to the cattle was one of the reason for sliding milk production. 

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this sounds like propoganda literature of communist govt of romania or yugoslavia. Key word is last year subsidi was 82 lakh this year 1.9 crores. That means just by giving 1 crore more suddenly a miracle happened ! Wow only miracle i knew was immaculate conception. What is there for you and me? Has milk price come down?

- peter, margao | 09 th March 2013 21:51


Kalidas.sawkar , Panaji Goa :::

Good assessment.

While farmers are busy milking cow`s and working hard, Goan MLA`s and ( Mr Parrikar) are busy Milking (& looting ) Goan wealth.

- N.Fernandes, London | 09 th March 2013 08:38


A good news in otherwise bleak Goa work enviroment

- Kalidas.sawkar, Panaji Goa | 07 th March 2013 17:53


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