THAT Jharkhand government has set up dairy units,each comprising of milch animals varying between 2 and 100 animals under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in all 24 districts of the State became public after Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Charan Das Mahant informed Mr. Parimal Nathwani in the Rajya Sabha.
Nathwani had sought to know from the Centre as to whether there was any proposal to set up dairy units to boost milk production in Jharkhand.In his reply,Mahant said that the ministry runs certain schemes to promote these units for increasing milk production in the country.
These schemes are Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Mission for Protein Supplement (NMPS), Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) and so on.
If Mahant’s reply is of any indication,under DEDS scheme, small dairy units were established in Deogarh, Garhwa, Palamu and Sahibganj.Mahant further said that under DEDS, 25 per cent of the outlay are exclusively meant for 33.33 per cent for SC / ST farmers as back-ended subsidy subject to the ceiling of Rs. 1.25 lakh for a unit of ten animals is provided.
For SC/ST, this ceiling is Rs. 1.67 lakh. Maximum permissible capital subsidy is Rs. 25,000 for a two animal unit.But for the ST/SC farmers the subsidy was Rs. 33,300.Also,Mahant said, the unit cost is Rs. 5 Lakh for 10 animal units; with minimum unit size of two animals with an upper unit of ten animals.