Dairy - Business Development Services
A T India has facilitated the evolution of dairy farming from subsistence to a commercial level activity. As of now over 7373 women dairy farmers, mostly women, in 542 mountain villages have been earning income by sale of fresh milk in 20 numbers of milk grids created at different locations. In addition approximately 193 Business Service Providers (BSPs) have been developed at different locations to provide varieties of services related to dairy development such as herd up-gradation needs of this nascent industry.The BDS approach builds the access of producers over the services required to enhance the production, productivity and marketing as well.
The dairy sector generates monthly income of Rs.2500 for producers and Rs.5000-15000 for BSPs per month. The commercialization of dairy has hadean important positive impact on the region’s biodiversity due to reduction of low productivity cattle that we real lowed for open grazing in forests and pastures lands that caused the destruction of saplings thus posed the challenge in regeneration. Oak leaves were used as the only green fodder in the winter months that posed the threat to existing old forest. Fodder cultivation, stall feeding and commercial approach in dairy reported to have resulted in reduced frequency of visit women were required to make inside the forest for fodder collection.