Dairy Sahakar Scheme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 30, 2022, 7:14

Be it for their dairy products or their witty ads, you will have certainly come across the brand name Amul at least once if you have lived in India. In October 2021, Amul celebrated its 75th Foundation Year at Anand in Gujarat. To commemorate the Diamond jubilee celebration of the dairy giant, Cooperation Minister Amit Shah launched the Dairy Sahakar Scheme to boost Agriculture and its allied sectors in India.

Dairy Sahakar Scheme - Overview

Dairy Sahakar is the first-ever comprehensive scheme launched exclusively for the dairy sector in India. It is framed by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) under the Ministry of Cooperation and the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD).

NCDC extended financial aid of Rs 5000 crore to eligible cooperatives for the scheme's vision - 'from cooperative to prosperity.'

The Dairy Sahakar Scheme will be merged with various other Government schemes of the state governments, UT administration, development agencies, and those of other bilateral, multilateral assistance. The scheme will also supplement the efforts of various similar projects implemented by the DAHD to strengthen the development of India's animal husbandry and dairy sectors.

The scheme was jointly launched by Mr Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, and Mr Parshottam Rupala, Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, during the 75th-anniversary celebration of Amul Dairy.

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Objectives of Dairy Sahakar Scheme

The overall objective of the scheme is to raise the income of Indian farmers and make India's agricultural and allied sectors Atmanirbhar or self-reliant. Some of the other activities that realize the vision of the Dairy Sahakar Scheme are

  • purchasing, rearing, and breeding milk animals
  • bovine development
  • dairy development projects for milk production, processing, and quality assurance
  • branding, packaging, marketing, transportation, and storage of milk and milk products
  • export of dairy products
  • purchase of equipment and transport vehicles
  • establishment and expansion of chilling plants and milk collection centres
  • development of small deed mixing laboratories and manufacturing units
  • establishment of fodder development programs and resources for mobile veterinary care and artificial insemination.

Amul's 75th Year Celebration

On Sunday, 31 October 2021, Amul Dairy celebrated its 75th anniversary. The occasion marked the success of cooperative sectors in India. In his speech, Mr Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation highlighted the potential of India's cooperative sectors that will strengthen India's economy into becoming a USD 5-trillion economy and make the country Atmanirbhar.

The occasion also earmarked the launch of the Dairy Sahakar Scheme a dairy-focused comprehensive framework that could leverage other schemes of the Union Government. Several ministers graced the event with their presence.

The Indian Context

India is the world's largest producer of milk. In 2019-20, India produced 198.40 million tons of milk with a per capita availability of about 406 gm/day. As of March 2020, India has 1,94,195 dairy cooperatives.

NCDC is an autonomous institution of apex level statutory of the Government of India. It was founded under an Act of Parliament in 1963. NCDC falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India. It does not get any budgetary support from the Government and operates on open market principles. Through its SAHAKAR-22 framework, NCDC plays a crucial role in 'Doubling the Farmers' Income.'

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FAQs on Dairy Sahakar Scheme

Q.1. Who launched the Dairy Sahakar Scheme?

Shri Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation launched the Dairy Sahakar Scheme in October 2021.

Q.2. Where was the Dairy Sahakar Scheme launched?

The Dairy Sahakar Scheme was launched in Anand, Gujarat, in October 2021.

Q.3. Which Ministry launched the Dairy Sahakar Scheme?

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Cooperation launched the Dairy Sahakar Scheme.

Q.4. What is the main objective of the Dairy Sahakar Scheme?

The main objective of the Dairy Sahakar Scheme is to double the income of Indian farmers, foster the efforts of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, and encourage and promote bovine development in India.