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Dairy Mission

Aiming to make Sikkim a dairy hub

Another path-breaking initiative of the State government under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the Sikkim Dairy Mission 2009-2012 envisages multiple long term benefits to the farmers and to open up livelihood avenues for unemployed rural people. The mission was launched with the primary objective to enhance milk production level making Sikkim a milk-surplus State. It also aims to make dairy enterprise a sustainable source of income for the rural populace of Sikkim, according to the vision of the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

Dairy development is a vital tool to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural farmers. Recognizing such importance, the Sikkim Dairy Mission has been mandate to enhance milk procurement by the dairy cooperatives to substantial volumes per day. Young entrepreneurs are also encouraged to take up dairy farming as an attractive commercial activity.

Among the strategies outlined in the mission, high yielding crossbreed cows are provided to farmers and dairy cooperatives. Sikkim Milk Union is one of the exemplary dairy cooperative in the State and a successful venture of the State government in dairy farming expansion.

The Sikkim Dairy Mission is an effort of the State government to expand the traditional system of animal husbandry into commercial activities through cluster development approach. This involves free distribution of high yielding milching cows, high breed of goats, piglets, etc to the rural households.

The Sikkim Dairy Mission while providing sustainable income generating activity to the farmers also aims to make milk products readily available to all rural and urban households. This is to ensure that the nutritional requirements of the households are met.

The mission further supports feed and fodder production for supplying nutritive requirement of livestock for better productivity. High yielding milching cows are being provided under the mission to farmers at regular intervals. 

To cater to the needs of veterinary services, very important for the success of the Sikkim Dairy Mission and other animal husbandry activities, the State government has a network of hospitals, dispensaries, stockman centres, Artificial Insemination (AI) Centres and disease investigation laboratories. With the support of all these institutions and due to intensive preventive measures, there has been no incidence of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in livestock and no incidence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been recorded for the last two to four years period.

The targeted beneficiaries would be provided with training for capacity building under the Sikkim Dairy Mission. Awareness programmes under the mission are also held to enable them to take up dairy farming in a full-fledged manner. The mission provides for proper health care and management of the cows and dairy enterprises by making required vaccinations and medicines free of cost or at subsidized rates.

In order to allow the progressive farmers to easily expand their dairy farm, the State government is facilitating them for financial tie up with public financial institutions like NABARD and SISCO Bank. Credit facilities are provided to them at prescribed reasonable rates.

One of the major achievements of the dairy sector is the Sikkim Alpine Cheese Spread launched in 2003 produced by a dairy unit in Dentam, West Sikkim. The product has scored over similar products of major dairy firms and has made forays in national and international markets. The unit has also launched Alpine Cheese Gouda, rated one of the best in the country and is being exported to other nations under Amul.

Date Published: 2016-02-25

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