4.1 National programme on dairy development (NPDD)

The NPDD component of National programme on bovine breeding and dairy development (NPBBDD) scheme has been designed to develop infrastructure at the grass root level by providing financial and technical assistance for dairy development. NPDD is focusing on creating infrastructure related to production, procurement, processing and marketing of milk by district unions / federation and also extension activities including training of farmers.

Under NPDD, a sum of Rs.40.16 crore has been sanctioned for 3 projects in the Federation and the district unions of Trichy and Madurai for the year 2014-15 to 2016-17. A new processing plant with a capacity to process one lakh litres per day was established in Padalur in Perambalur district. A new milk condensing plant with a capacity to condense one lakh litre per day was also installed in Madurai dairy recently.

The Central Government has released Rs.17.74 crore out of the total grant amount Rs.18.08 crore under the NPDD scheme.

In the year 2017-18, an amount of Rs.2324.40 lakh have been sanctioned under NPDD scheme with a grant-in aid of Rs.1574.40 lakh. Rs.1180.00 lakh had been released so far.

The following are the components sanctioned under NPDD for the year 2017-18:

504 units of automatic milk collection units each at a cost of Rs. 1.25 lakh and 216 no. of data processing milk collection Units each at a cost Rs.0.90 lakh have been sanctioned for installing milk testing facilities at farmers’ door steps.

To improve the chilling facilities at the village level 92 units of 500 litres capacity BMCs, 86 units of 1000 litres capacity, 22 units of 2000 litres capacity BMCs, 4 units of 3000 litres capacity and 6 units of 5000 litres capacity BMCs have been sanctioned with 50% grant in aid.

The machineries procurement activities are in progress and to be purchased and installed before September 2018. The Chilling capacity of the existing BMCs will be increased from 15.19 LLPD to 19.12 LLPD with an increase of 3.93 LLPD chilling capacity during the year 2018-19.

4.2. Infrastructure developed under National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP) during the last six years

1. Established milk cold room facility for storing three lakh litre of milk

2. Created butter deep freezer facilities to store 894 MT capacity in Erode, Salem and Coimbatore

3. Installed 25 high speed and 11 normal speed milk packing machines with thermal printing technology

4. Established a new product dairy at Ambattur for manufacturing 15,000 litres of ice cream per day and 1,000 Kg. of paneer per day

5. Installed Milk sterilizer and 200 ml packing machines for UHT plant at Salem.

6. Purchased 48 road milk tankers to strengthen own milk transportation facility.

7. Installed aseptic filling machine with a capacity to pack 6000 no of 1000 ml UHT milk tetrapacs per hour at Salem dairy.

8. Door step veterinary health services scheme is being implemented from 2011 onwards by engaging 155 Veterinarians. Through this scheme, animal health services are provided at the doorsteps of the milk producers in the 17 unions, thus ensuring loyalty of the members and also improving milk production by way of better animal health care.

9. Facilities in Salem union was strengthened with additional facilities for processing, packing, storage for butter and UHT milk. 5 nos. of milk sale outlets and the dairy refrigeration system were provided for strengthening the systems under the control of Nilgiris union. Infrastructure was strengthened for revamping of dairy capacities in DCMPU Ltd of Virudhunagar, Dharmapuri and Thirunelveli. (Annexure – V)

4.3 Infrastructure developed by availing funds under NABARD RIDF during the last six years

State Government has given the much needed impetus to the dairy cooperative industry by providing grant assistance under NABARD’s Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). During 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 a sum of Rs.158.67 crore was sanctioned.

In the year 2017-18, Rs.2101.60 lakh was sanctioned to strengthen infrastructure facilities in Dindigul, Sivagangai, Pudukottai Kancheepuram–Thiruvallur, Thanjavur and Vellore district unions.

During the year 2018-19 additional fund will be availed under RIDF scheme to strengthen marketing, value addition and storage facilities in dairy.

4.4 National Dairy Plan-I (2011-12)

National Dairy Plan – (Phase-I) is implemented in Tamil Nadu since 2011-12 with the objective of helping to increase the productivity of milch animals, thereby increase milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk and also to help provide rural milk producers with greater access to the organized milk processing sector.

4.4.1. Progeny Testing Programme

Under National Dairy Plan, progeny testing programme is being implemented in crossbred jersey cows, at a total outlay of Rs.39.28 crore. The scheme was implemented from 2012-13 in five district unions, viz. Vellore, Villupuram, Erode, Salem and Trichy and it has been envisaged to produce 254 high genetic merit (HGM) bulls under the scheme by 2018-19. Based on the performance of the daughters on various parameters like milk yield, milk quality, lactation period etc. the bulls are ranked, and best bulls are used for producing proven semen for increased milk production.

4.4.2. Strengthening of Semen Station, NJ&SF, Ooty

Under national dairy plan, the semen station at Nucleus Jersey and Stud Farm, Ooty was strengthened with a grant of Rs.1311.12 lakh. Under this project, there was a provision for construction of quarantine station at Erode, and calf rearing station at Pudukudi and civil works for strengthening of NJ&SF, Ooty apart from certain facilities at pre-quarantine station, Attur. In addition, various lab items, farm equipments have also been procured under this program apart from information and communication technology (ICT) related items.

4.4.3 Village Based Milk Procurement System (VBMPS)

Under National Dairy Plan I, village based milk procurement system (VBMPS) programme was implemented in six milk unions viz., Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Vellore, Trichy and Kancheepuram-Tiruvallur at a total project cost of Rs.2451.82 lakh commencing from 2014-15. The activities will be carried out this year also

Under this scheme 45 Nos. of BMCs, 559 Nos. of AMCUs / DPMCUs and 1789 Nos. of cans, training to society staff, society board members and milk producers is also undertaken. Two more supplementary VBMPS projects have been approved for Salem and Vellore unions for establishing BMCs in the year 2017-18.

Through implementation of this project, in addition to clean milk production there will also be an increase in quality of raw milk.

4.4.4. Ration Balancing Programme (RBP)

Under National Dairy Plan I, Ration Balancing Programme (RBP) was implemented in eleven milk unions viz., Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Villupuram, Vellore, Trichy, Madurai, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Tirunelveli and Kancheepuram Tiruvallur at a total project cost of Rs.1957.00 lakh commencing from 2014-15. In 2018-19 also the same activities will be implemented. The programme is aimed at reducing the feeding cost by preparing least cost formula with the locally available feed material. This programme has resulted in reduction in cost of feeding by Rs.1 to Rs.3 per litre and increase of 300-500 ml milk production per animal.

4.5. Integrated Dairy Management System (IDMS)

The project has been envisioned to integrate the activities of village level milk Producers cooperative societies, district cooperative milk Producers unions and TCMPF through computerized networking systems at a cost of Rs.46.55 crore. The Government of India had sanctioned a sum of Rs.18.34 crore as grant-in-aid. This project would improve the operational efficiency and ensure timely delivery of service to milk producers, consumers and suppliers etc. This project is expected to be completed by September 2018.