Guwahati: Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb sought dairy giant Amul’s help to develop the dairy industry of the state.
A delegation of senior officials headed by dairy expert ST Deshai from Amul called on Deb at the Secretariat in Agartala on Wednesday and sought to share the expertise of the Nation's apex milk based cooperative in developing a dairy industry in Tripura
Talking to the media, Deb said, I am sure this initiative will help to solve unemployment to some extent in Tripura. It will also help in fulfilling the demand for milk in the state. We shall make Tripura self-reliant in milk production in three years.” He also said that his government wants to share experiences in running dairy industry with Amul India Limited, which has a vast experience in the sector.
The Chief Minister hoping that Amul will help solve the problem of unemployment to an extent, sought help from Amul to implement his plan of distributing 10,000 cows to farmers in rural Tripura.
It may be mentioned that the state government announced in November that it would launch a scheme for distributing 10,000 cows among 5,000 farmers to combat malnutrition and generate employment in the state. Dr Kamal Krishna Majumder, Director of Animal Resources Development Department informed that Tripura produced 1,74,260 metric ton milk in 2017.
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) is the largest food company marketing milk and milk products under the brand name of Amul.
According to media reports the state government would launch a scheme for distributing 10,000 cows among 5,000 farmers to combat malnutrition and generate employment, Tripura produced 1,74,260 metric tonnes of milk in 2017.
In April, a government notice informed that steps would be taken for augmentation of milk production at Gomati Milk Cooperative Limited. Action was also suggested to revive Uttarayan Milk Production Cooperative Society in North Tripura district, which turned sick few years ago. Tripura earlier set a ten year target for food self sufficiency in 2002-03. The target was not achieved at the time of evaluation in 2012-13 with barely 25 thousand MT meat, 12.5 crore eggs and 1.05 MT milk produced annually. Later, the erstwhile Left Front government set a new target for self sufficiency in food production by 2020. But despite repeated attempts, it failed to cut down on its import dependency so far
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