Source: The Economic Timrs, Dec 26, 2017
NEW DELHI: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development will soon get going on a Rs 8,000-crore fund that the finance minister announced in this year’s budget to support the dairy sector. Under the Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund, Nabard is the nodal agency to finance projects over a period of three years.
It targets to sanction proposals to create new milk processing capacity of 27 million litres per day in the cooperative sector this year. “This year, 39 projects by various cooperative dairies will be cleared under the dairy processing and infrastructure development fund, entailing an investment of Rs 600 crore to Rs 1,000 crore,” Nabard chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala said. “With this investment, the milk processing capacity (in the cooperative sector) would increase from the current 66 million litres per day to 92.6 million litres per day. Further, the bulk milk-chilling capacity would go up from 48 million litres per day to 63 million litres,” said Bhanwala. Read the rest of this entry »