33% NABARD subsidy to poor farmers and Dalits ARD for setting up dairy farms

DR. DILBAGH SINGH HANS, Deputy Director (Dairy Department) of Ludhiana, Punjab said that special programmes have been started for diversification in agriculture and for uplifting the living standards of weaker sections, particularly scheduled castes (SC), by training them in dairy management. Under the scheme of promotion of dairy farming as livelihood for SC beneficiaries, chosen candidates will be imparted training in artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, diseases in animals as well as how to grow green fodder throughout the year and milk handling.

On the completion of the training course, the candidates will then be awarded with certificates as well as scholarships. Candidates who successfully complete the training will be eligible for easy loan from banks, enabling them to proceed further. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) would also be providing 33% subsidy for setting up of dairy farms.

Dr. Hans had urged youngsters from SC category to take full advantage of the training programme as well as other schemes of the department and set up their own businesses. He said selection of candidates during training and later for imparting benefits, will be carried out by midJanuary 2020 at district-level offices.