Odisha urged to boost dairy cooperatives

THE ODISHA GOVERNMENT has been advised to chalk out a time-bound action plan to revive the dairy sector, which has slowed down though there is huge potential in the State. While dairy sector growth at all India level is moving at a faster rate, its growth in Odisha has slowed down due to poor marketing and lower animal productivity.

At the national level, dairy sector growth has been registered at 12.6 per cent, while in Odisha it is 3.7 per cent. The value output from dairy sector was about ₹3,925 crore in 2013-14, which rose to ₹4,069 crore in 2015-16. Pointing out the lacunae, the NDDB advised the State Government to strengthen the marketing and management system of Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited (OMFED).

Chairman, NDDB has brought it to the notice of Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik urging for corrective steps to develop the dairy sector. He said that with about 43 lakh marginal and small farmers collectively owning more than 85 per cent of the bovines in the State, dairying can become a sustainable source of income, if the farmers are linked with the organised milk processing sector through farmer centric organizations like dairy cooperatives. He advised that these could be supplemented with improving animal productivity through organised breeding, scientific feeding and healthcare measures.

There is total liquid milk demand of about 17 lakh liters per day in the State. However, the OMFED has only 24 per cent share in the total liquid milk demand in the state during 2017-18.

Considering the large and growing milk market size of the state, there is huge scope for OMFED to increase its sale and this can be achieved by putting a strong marketing team and qualified and trained professionals for the job.

It was pointed out that some of the major factors contributing to the current status of dairy cooperative in Odisha have been absence of a fulltime CEO, poor governance, lack of qualified, trained and professional manpower and lack of autonomy in business decisions. Chairman, NDDB has offered support to the dairy cooperatives in Odisha.