Green Innovation Centre India in collaboration with Jharkhand Milk Federation (JMF) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) jointly organised a one-day state level workshop on “Optimising Dairy Value Chain” in Jharkhand, Ranchi on August 17, 2017.
The objective of the workshop was to harness the potential of the dairy sector in Jharkhand towards livelihood creation and economic development.
Representatives from the Government of India, dairy cooperatives, research institutions, private dairies, farmer, civil society and NABARD participated in the event. The workshop focused on creating an action plan for the various stakeholders. In the inaugural session Mr. Shailendra Kumar, Director Dairy, Government of Jharkhand (JMF) highlighted the various programmes and initiatives undertaken by the Government.
JMF has created a cluster based approach towards milk collection, processing, value addition and marketing, to meet the deficit between local demand and procurement of milk. This has not only benefitted the dairy farmers in increasing their income but also the procurement of milk (currently up to 90,000 litres are procured per day). It was discussed in the meeting that a revenue model to sustain these activities could be developed. However, as there is still a large geographical area which needs to be covered they planned to work on this in a phased manner.
Mr. Subhankar Chatterjee, Head of Programme, WHH discussed about the Green College initiative supported by Green Innovation Centre India and BMZ. In his address, he highlighted the training courses, approved by Agriculture Skill Council of India and NSDC. These trainings have helped to enhance the skills of the rural youth to successfully contribute in bridging the critical gap in animal husbandry and health care services. During the training dairy farmers and trainees had the opportunity to share their challenges and achievements through their engagement as animal healthcare workers.
Dr. Susanne Muenstermann from the working group of German animal breeders (ADT Projekt GmbH) contributed two key aspects to the deliberations: She talked about the paravet courses of the Green Colleges which were developed and audited by ADT. She also shared her knowledge exchange experiences from the German dairy sector.
Mr. Mukul Prasad Singh, Department of Agriculture emphasized that by 2024 the Government of Jharkhand would like to achieve self-sufficiency in milk production. In order to achieve this goal, huge financial allocations have been earmarked by the state.
The workshop underlined the importance of synergies and collaborative action among all stakeholders towards fulfilling the needs for financing, breed improvement, feed and fodder development, animal health care and extension services.