Goa on the path to self-sufficiency in milk production

Goa has witnessed a rise in its average milk production to 72,000 litres from 66,000 litres per day in 2016-17, as pr the findings of the Economic Survey report tabled in the Goa Assembly during its just concluded session. Various government schemes have been credited for the rise in production.

Officials have said the rise in milk production has led Goa towards achieving self-sufficiency. Currently, the state depends on Maharashtra and Karnataka to fulfill its milk requirements.

The Goa government has said the Kamdhenu scheme contributed towards an increase in production. Under the scheme the government provides farmers from the state financial help for purchasing the cattle. In 2017-18, 1,559 cattle were purchased in the state as against 1,395 in 2016-17.

The report also highlighted the important role played by ‘cattle melas’ (animal fairs) in increasing the milk production. Farmers got a chance to buy cattle from across the country in the state itself, saving the time and money.

The state currently deposits a subsidy/incentive of 40 per cent into the farmers account directly through an electronic clearance system once the milk is sold to dairy cooperatives.

Information credit: PTI