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State inks deal to milk rural dairy potential
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Ranchi, Jan. 18: The state government today signed an agreement with BAIF Development and Research Foundation, an NGO with expertise in the dairy sector, to increase production in the state by 11 lakh litres per day.

The agreement, which will increase the milk production to around 59 lakh litres per day, will also see the NGO setting up 500 new dairy development centres across the state.

BAIF already runs 410 dairy development centres in the rural areas of the state, with each centre being catered to by a veterinary doctor.

The NGO will be provided with an additional sum of Rs 47.63 crore by the state to tend to the new centres.

ďDespite a lot of scope, Jharkhand is lagging behind in milk production. The state will make all efforts to increase the milk production and give the rural economy an upward swing,Ē said chief minister Arjun Munda, inaugurating a 15-day animal fair in the state capital today.

He added that at present the state administration was trying enough milk not only to ensure the economic development of the rural populace, but to also provide milk for consumption to villagers suffering from malnutrition.

Besides Munda, minister of state for agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries Satyanand Jha was also present during the event.

BAIF, through its existing dairy development centres, has been working to breed high milk yielding varieties of cows. The NGO, which also helps farmers to carry out artificial insemination of their livestock, aims to carry out as many as 12,75,500 artificial inseminations this year.

Jharkhand at present imports almost 2.5 lakh litres of milk from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.

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