NDDB organized a National Workshop on Role of Technology in Doubling Farmers’ Income

SHRI RADHA MOHAN SINGH, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt of India inaugurated the National Workshop on Role of Technology in Doubling Income of Farmers through dairying organised by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at its TK Patel Auditorium, Anand on 10th September, 2018.

Shri Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Govt of India; Shri Ishwarsinh Thakorbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State for Cooperation, Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities (Independent charge), Transport, Govt of Gujarat; Shri Lal Sinh Vadodia, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; Shri Dilipbhai Patel, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB graced the occasion.

Over 600 progressive dairy farmers from milk unions and producer companies from 16 states attended the event. Apart from orientation sessions on dairy farm management, preventive & curative animal health care, technological advancements in animal breeding, role of technology in governance of cooperatives, efficient manure management and alternate energy resources to enhance income of farmers, demonstrations of different technologies through an exhibition was also arranged. Selected women dairy farmers shared their experiences in biogas technology, IT in milk procurement, animal nutrition and breeding.

Dairy cooperatives that have been efficiently using E-Market platform of National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI) for the maximum benefit of dairy farmers were also awarded by the Union Agriculture Minister.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that role of technology has been crucial in development of dairying as viable livelihood for the farmers. In line with Govt of India’s aim of doubling farmers’ income, NDDB is promoting technology-driven income generating activities for the dairy farmers. Motivating and involving dairy farmers in multiple streams of income generation through diverse alternative activities targeted at their livelihood diversification is important for building economic resilience and welfare.

Chairman, NDDB highlighted new technology based initiatives of NDDB focussed on providing additional income to the dairy farmers. NDDB has developed a genotyping chip named INDUSCHIP for Genomic Selection of indigenous cattle breeds. Improvement of indigenous breeds is also possible through In-vitro Embryo Production technique. To make manure management a source of additional income, NDDB is promoting use of flexi biogas plants among the dairy farmers. Another major initiative of NDDB is creation of Solar Pump Irrigators Cooperative Enterprise i.e. SPICE through which the Solar Pump owners will be able to sell the surplus power. Village level Dairy Cooperative Societies are taking up silage production and marketing activities on commercial basis. Silage technology for storage of green fodder and crop residues has huge potential. If prepared in small bags, about 25-50 kg each, using low cost choppers, mowers, bagger balers and wrappers, it can easily be traded within the milk shed areas.

Shri Rath conveyed that popularisation of Ethno Veterinary Medicine techniques can provide milk producers considerable saving in animal treatment costs. NDDB’s Automatic Milk Collection System (AMCS) software has introduced digital innovation in strengthening cooperative business. This integrated software ensures transparency and meets the entire operational requirements at the DCS level. AMCS enables milk bill payment directly to farmers’ bank accounts.