Gujarat is one of the leading milk producing state in India.The state has matching infrastructure facilities for production and marketing of milk. District Milk Producers' Cooperative Unions that collect milk from Primary Milk Producers' Cooperative Societies are located at the village level.In the last five years, NSTFDC has sanctioned six phases of Dairy scheme with its share of about Rs.10000 lakh. About Rs.7100 lakh to the Gujarat Tribal Development Corporation (GTDC) for covering over 44000 ST beneficiaries subsisting on BPL income. The scheme has been implemented in different districts- Baroda, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Panchmahal, Bharuch, Surat and Tapi where ST concentration is high.
The salient features of the Scheme are as under :-
Each beneficiary receives two milch animals funded with 50% loan and 50% subsidy .
The beneficiaries were identified by the District Dairy Cooperative Societies and the GTDC .
In each village, Milk Procurement Centre examines the fat content in milk and fixes the per litre price of milk.
Payments to the beneficiaries are made three times in a month after deduction of the loan installment.
Cattle feed requirements is generally locally meet . In case of need, cattle feed is also procured from outside.
The District Cooperative Societies also extend veterinary medical facilities . Veterinary doctors are available round the clock in case of emergencies.
With the above infrastructure facilities extended by the District Milk Producer's Cooperative Unions, the Dairy scheme is a huge success in the state of Gujarat.