The State government released Rs 248 crore towards providing the Rs 4 incentive to dairy farmers supplying milk to the four cooperative dairies in the State. About 2.13 lakh dairy farmers associated with these four cooperative dairies in the State are benefiting from the dairy incentive scheme. Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav assured release of another Rs 109 crore which was pending due to COVID-19 crisis, at the earliest.

Responding to legislators’ queries during Question Hour in the State Assembly on Tuesday, Srinivas Yadav said measures have been initiated to strengthen the dairy sector by implementing milch animals distribution scheme in the State. He said about 58,000 of 2.13 lakh dairy farmers, were given milch animals at 50 per cent subsidy under the scheme which was temporarily halted due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

He assured to provide milch animals to the remaining eligible dairy farmers.

Srinivas Yadav said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took several measures to safeguard the four cooperative dairies in the State which resulted in an increase of milk production in these dairies from 1 lakh litres per day in 2014 to around 7 lakh litres per day now. He stated that the State government was developing a mega greenfield dairy for Vijaya Dairy at Raviryala in Maheshwaram mandal of Rangareddy district. He explained the government’s plans to open over 500 outlets of Vijaya Dairy across the State to promote its products.

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