K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: In the wake of the shortage of milk production as per demand in the Telangana state, the Stree Nidhi credit cooperative federation has decided to encourage women self-help group (SHG) to take dairy units by providing financial assistance by extending loans.
The Stree Nidhi authorities had also decided to encourage the beneficiaries to purchase only high-yielding milking animals instead of local varieties to increase milk production. Besides, they were also on the task of empowering the beneficiaries about how to nurture the milking animal, providing proper fodder including mineral supplements, sanitation etc to increase milk production.
In the integrated Karimnagar district, the Stree Nidhi had set a target of providing financial assistance to around 30,000 beneficiaries for the purchase of milking animals and empower them economically. A loan of Rs 93,270 would be given to the beneficiary for the purchase of each animal. The loan component includes; Rs 75,000 for purchase hybrid milking animals, Rs 7,200 for fodder for two months, Rs 3,000 for transportation of animals from different states, Rs 5088 for animal insurance, Rs 443 for transit insurance, Rs 1704 beneficiary contribution and Rs 835 for beneficiary Suraksha insurance.
The Stree Nidhi officials lead by its DGM (dairy) Dr Venugopal Reddy, regional manager Anand, head office representative Srilatha and others participated in a review meeting with Karimnagar Dairy chairman Ch Rajeshwara Rao on the dairy premises in Karimnagar town on Wednesday. They discussed various issues pertaining to the grounding of the scheme and procurement of milk from the beneficiary etc.
On this occasion, the Karimnagar Dairy chairman had released a booklet on “Profitable animal husbandry” prepared by Stree Nidhi to educate the beneficiaries about the importance of selecting high yielding milking animals, fodder, animal health etc. The dairy chairman assured all assistance for the Stree Nidhi authorities for the procurement of milk and grounding of the scheme.
Stree Nidhi DGM Venugopal Reddy said that they had accorded priority for the integrated Karimnagar district dairy units such as Karimnagar Dairy, Mulkanoor dairy and Vijaya dairy in the grounding of the dairy units to women SHG members. He said that they had decided to ground 8,300 units to the bifurcated Karimnagar district and encourage the increase of milk production.