DEDS Proves Lucrative for J&K Dairy Entrepreneurs








As an agricultural area, the agriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir produces 16.18% of its GDP, with the dairy sector contributing 35%





Dairy farming is booming in the Union Territory with Jammu and Kashmir governments focusing on doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022 as predicted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

One of J&K’s pioneering initiatives altering the rural landscape is central sponsorship Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Program (DEDS).












The program is undertaken by NABARD with the aim of encouraging the establishment of modern dairy farms for the production of clean milk, encouraging the rearing of heifers, making structural improvements to the unorganized sector and generating self-employment .

As an agricultural area, the agricultural sector of Jammu and Kashmir produces 16.18% of its GDP, with the dairy sector contributing 35%. The program gives a significant boost to dairy growth in UT by providing the socio-economic status of people witnessing a huge turnaround.

The J&K government’s special initiative to make departmental programs more flexible in the dairy sector has seen a gradual change, with more than 10,000 new dairy units established in the past two years, said Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandryduring the inauguration of Pashudhan Via by Mela.

The government of Jammu and Kashmir is promoting DEDS to create self-employment and build infrastructure for the dairy sector in UT, thereby improving the socio-economic health of the rural population.

The J&K government’s special initiative to loosen departmental dairy programs has seen gradual change, with more than 10,000 new dairy units created in the past two years, said Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry. animals and sheep, during the inauguration. of Pashudhan Via by Mela.












The government of Jammu and Kashmir is promoting DEDS to create self-employment and build infrastructure for the dairy sector in UT, thereby improving the socio-economic health of the rural population.

According to Animal Husbandry officials, the program also supports the breeding of heifers for the development and maintenance of good breeding stock while keeping the future of healthy cattle in mind.

Under this scheme, the government is also encouraging the unorganized sector to bring milk processing to the village level for better returns for the farmers using modern tools and technologies. The initiative also increases farmers’ bargaining power in selling their products by adding value to milk through dairy production and processing.

According to a livestock manager, the program also encourages J&K youth to set up the latest dairy farms for clean milk production and upgrade conventional technology to process milk on a commercial scale. He noted that the scheme has encouraged thousands of young people to start dairy businesses because of the lucrative government assistance in the form of grants and the ease with which the benefits of the scheme can be sanctioned.












Farmers, individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporations, retirees, unorganized and organized sectors such as self-help groups, dairy cooperatives, dairy unions and dairy federations are all eligible to participate in the program. The scheme also stipulates that an individual will be entitled to receive assistance for all parts of the scheme, but only once for each part.

“The program can help more than one member of a family if they set up separate units with separate infrastructure in different areas. The program states that the distance between the boundaries of two such farms should be at least less than 500m.”

Under the scheme’s funding model, the contractor’s contribution (margin) would be 10% of expenditure (minimum) and the downstream capital subsidy would be 25% for general and 33% for SC/ST. In addition, the component of the effective amount of the bank loan is at least 40% of the expenses, and the payback period will be between 3 and 7 years depending on the nature of the activity and the cash flow. Also, the grace period for dairy farms would be 3-6 months, and for calf units it could be up to 3 years.












Unemployed youths who are not in default with any bank or financial institution can apply for the scheme, along with a photocopy of their ration card and land papers for a mortgage if the loan amount exceeds Rs. 1.00 lakh, photocopy of grade certificate if any. In addition, applicants with BVSC & AH degree can also apply for Mobile/Stationary Veterinary Clinic.

The scheme can subsidize the development of small dairy units using crossbred cows/buffalo classified up to 10 animals (Rs.5 lakh), with a minimum unit size of 2 animals. “Graded heifer/buffalo breeding up to 20 calves (Rs.4.80 lakh), with a minimum unit size of 5 calves.”

The scheme provides a grant of Rs.12 lakh for the acquisition of dairy processing equipment for the manufacture of indigenous dairy products.












Similarly, Rs.24 lakh can be obtained for construction of dairy transportation and cold chain facilities. The program further states that Rs.30 lakh can be used to set up cold storage facilities for milk and dairy products. Also, Rs.2.4 lakh would be provided for setting up private veterinary clinics, and Rs.1.80 lakh can be used for mobile veterinary clinics under the scheme. For the establishment of a fixed clinic and a dairy outlet/dairy, the program will provide Rs 56,000.






About Keneth T. Graves

Check Also

Historic photos of Edinburgh show the farming past of the capital’s western communities

West Edinburgh is known for its green residential areas which are teeming with local businesses. …