Press Release by Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BY FOREST, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY DEPARTMENTS AND SIKKIM MILK UNION TO STRENGTHEN DAIRY DEVELOPMENT IN WATERSHED AREAS OF SORENG DISTRICT.

The Watershed Development Component under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana is implemented by the Forest and Environment Department (FED) in several watershed areas in Sikkim. The forest department joined hands with the Animal Husbandry department and Sikkim Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union Ltd to support livelihood of dairy farmers in the project areas. Theare three areas of support identified under the project on convergence mode. One is to support induction of dairy cows by the Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies through revolving funds support, second is to support milk production centre infrastructure support to Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies and the third is to support fodder development in the project area with the help of Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies. Forest Dept, Animal Husbandry and Sikkim Milk Union jointly organized a two days training workshop for the Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies functionaries of the project areas of Soreng District, in which over 110 participants from Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies, Pasu Sakhis, Animal Husbandry and Milk Union Officials participated. The program was held at the Farmers Training Centre of Animal Husbandry Dept at Sokeythang on 30 and 31 Jan 2023. The Chief Guest for the program was Hon’ble Minister, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dept Shri LN Sharma and the program was coordinated by Addl PCCF Dr Sandeep Tambe and Secretary, AHVS Dr. P. Senthil Kumar. The program was also attended by the Principal Director, AHVS Dept Dr. Mala Bajgai, Addl Director, Forest Mrs. Rajni Bhandari, Addl GM, Ms Kesang, DFO/CEO Ms Angel Chettri, of the project and various officials from Forest Department, Animal Husbandry Dept and Sikkim Milk union.

The program was organized with the objective to build the capacity of Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies of milk union to get prepared for its implementation. Addl PCCF Dr Sandeep Tambe has provided inputs on the overview of the project, its objective and the areas of convergence. Secretary, Animal Husbandry Dr Senthil Kumar provided input on the operational part of convergence and its implementation by Sikkim Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union Ltd and Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies.

Officials of Sikkim milk union made presentation on the Guidelines for Utilization of Revolving Funds for the purpose of Cattle Induction Loan Under WDC-PMKSY 2.0 and also conducted hands on training on book keeping for the project. HM AHVS Shri LN Sharma appreciated the efforts of both Forest Dept, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dept and Sikkim Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union Ltd in achieving this mile stone. The Minister also motivated the milk cooperative societies to fully utilize the project to further improve the dairy development in the state. He also informed about other Government support provided to the farmers on dairy development including milk incentives, cattle insurance, breeding., etc., The Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dr. Senthil motivated the participants to ensure successful implementation of the project by Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies in the project area. Forest Department officials assured all possible support under the project to Village Milk Producer’s Co-operative Societies and Sikkim Milk Union to realize the full potential in the dairy development in the project area in the convergence mode. The program ended with feedback session and vote of thanks.