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Survey to assess dairy project

Jorhat, Dec. 19: The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), will carry out a survey and need assessment study in the Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia to weigh up the feasibility for implementing Oil India Limitedís dairy project.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the institute and OIL at Anand yesterday.

A release issued by the OIL here said the study would cover selective villages in the oil companyís operational areas in the two districts.

The study, which will be funded by OIL, will focus on the prospects of developing a co-operative dairy development project in these two districts of Assam.

Through the MoU, OIL aims to formulate a detailed project report on the basis of a baseline survey and need assessment study report for implementing the companyís dairy project to devise a road map and a long-term broad vision plan for the same.

The baseline survey will be carried out with the objective of increasing milk production and dairy products by providing opportunity to unemployed youths and interested groups of the region, creating infrastructure to improve procurement, processing and marketing of milk in a cost-effective manner in and around the OIL operational areas in both the districts.

Institute director Jeemol Unni, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd managing director R.S. Sodhi and senior OIL and IRMA officials were present during the signing of the agreement.