Pashu Sandesh, 23 Feb 2022
Department of Animal Husbandry is implementing National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) and Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) for Cooperatives, Milk Producer Companies (MPC), Self Help Groups (SHG) and Farmer Producer’s Organization (FPO). The SHGs are eligible to be supported irrespective of gender. However, the Ministry of Rural Development is implementing the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods mission (DAY-NRLM) through the SHG network.
As per information received from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has set up a “Women Self Help Group Development Fund” to implement a ‘Scheme for promotion of Women SHGs in Left Wing Extremism Affected and Backward districts of India’ including dairy scheme. As of 31 December 2021, the cumulative funds released by NABARD towards grant assistance, training, capacity building and other initiatives, out of this fund, stood at ₹ 150.02 crores.
This Department provides assistance under Dairy Development schemes for creation/ strengthening /modernization of infrastructure for procurement, processing and marketing of milk & milk products for benefit of dairy farmers including women. The women member associated with the dairy sector also gets benefit under these schemes.
As per information received from MoRD, as of now, more than 81,000 women farmers are being supported under dairy value chain development interventions of the DAY-NRLM scheme with the support of the National Dairy Development Board (Dairy Services).
Apart from the above, NABARD has informed to make the following efforts for the development of SHGs: