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Distribution of Milching Cows in Chongrang Block to Supplement Farmer Income
Information & Public Relations Department
Gyalshing, July 17 (IPR): Distribution of Milching Cows in Chongrang Block to Supplement Farmer Income Under NEC Fund for the year 2020-21 was held at Chongrang BAC Premises under Yuksom Tashiding Constituency, West Sikkim, today. The programme was graced by the Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma as the Chief Guest in special presence of the Hon'ble Deputy Speaker-cum-Area MLA Shri Sangey Lepcha. The programme was organised by the Office of the District Collector West in coordination with the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Government of Sikkim. The distribution programme was followed by daylong inspection of various Milk Collection Centres and Departmental infrastructures under Yuksom Tashiding Constituency, West Sikkim.
The Hon'ble Minister handed over twenty cows of Jersey and Sahiwal Jersey Cross breed to the identified beneficiaries and began the distribution of One Hundred and Fifty Cows under Chongrang Block.
The distribution programme also had the presence of Hon'ble Advisor Ecclesiastical Department Shri RS Bhutia, Hon'ble Chairman Transport Department Shri Basant Tamang, Additional Political Secretary to HCM (West) Shri Madhusudan Sharma; Secretary AH&VS Dr Sangey D Bhutia; District Collector West, Shri Karma R Bonpo; Additional Director Feed and Fodder (HQ) Dr Karma T Bhutia; Additional Director ( West) Dr Narad Cintury; Joint Director Agriculture Shri TN Bhutia; Joint Director Horticulture Shri Karma Sherpa, Dy. General Manager (SMU) Dr NK Pradhan, SDM/ BDO Yuksom, BDO Chongrang, departmental officials, and panchayats.
The Hon'ble Minister articulated the vision of the ruling government to witness a paradigm shift in economic growth of rural population. Shri Sharma highlighted the objectives behind the distribution of Milching Cows to uplift every dairy farming household towards self-reliant economy. He also extended congratulations to all the beneficiaries on behalf of the Hon'ble Chief Minister and shared his unrelenting efforts and concern in seeking numerous ways and means to uplift deprived rural population.
Addressing the farmers, Shri Sharma elaborated the farmers friendly policies and programmes initiated by the ruling government and stated that all concerned should be well aware of newly framed policies to sensitize, motivate and guide the farming community.
Correlating the distribution of Milching Cows and financial incentives of Rs. Eight, he said that the Dairy farming has become a primary source of livelihood in rural areas and the production of Milk has been increasing consistently and touching daily production of around Sixty Thousand Litres per day in organised sector because of growing interest and determination amongst the dairy farmers.
He informed that the Nine Milk Collection Centres of Chongrang are being presented Rupees Five Lakhs each for the establishment of Milk Producers Cooperative Society (MPCS) which he handed over to all concerned during the daylong visit. He urged all committee members for proper utilisation of the provided fund with utmost sincerity to ensure quality works in construction of the MPCS.
He also threw light on the mandatory guidelines to get the registration of the identified land for MPCS in the initial stage.
The Hon’ble Minister also underlined the Production Incentive Schemes and described rate of incentives for the crops/ vegetables/ fruits as follows:
Cardamom - Rs 100/KG,
Ginger - Rs 20/KG
Turmeric - Rs 10/KG
Buckwheat - Rs 10/KG
Orange - Rs 20/KG.
Cherry Pepper – Rs 20/KG
Green Pea - Rs 08/KG
Cauliflower - Rs 7/KG
Radish - Rs 07/KG
Carrot – Rs 07/KG
Cabbage - Rs 05/KG
Kiwi Fruit - Rs. 25/KG.
He also informed that the marketing shall be done through registered institutions namely, FPOs, SIMFED, Denzong Agriculture Cooperative Society or in facilitation of concerned VLWs, Field Assistants and designated officials.
He also elaborated upcoming Pig Production Incentives Scheme and informed that the amount of Rs. 15000/- will be presented for three pigs after they secured weight of 50kg each.
He also emphasized on the role of Cooperatives on aggregating and marketing farmers produce.
Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri Sangey Lepcha, in his brief address, mentioned that the milching cows were distributed for socio-economic upliftment of the Chongrang cluster. He also urged every beneficiary to attend training and obtain technical skills in dairy farming in order to derive maximum benefit out of the available facilities. He expressed gratitude to the office of the District Collectorate West and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department for selecting Chongrang for the benefits.
Secretary AH&VS Department Dr Sangey D Bhutia urged beneficiaries to take optimum benefit of availed facilities and informed that the department will provide training to the beneficiaries in near future. He also urged beneficiaries to inform the concerned Veterinary Officer/Departmental field functionaries against any complaints/constraints in service delivery.
Earlier, District Collector West, Shri Karma R Bonpo marked the distribution of Milching Cows as one of the significant initiatives for the development of Chongrang block. The state government has given utmost importance to Dairy Farming, hence, the development of Chongrang block shall be geared up through the prioritized sector of Dairy farming. He advised beneficiaries to consider the token as a component for sustainable development but not as short-term benefits, so that the block can uplifted in socio-economic dimension. Further, he expressed hope that Chongrang would be the highest milk producing block in near future.
Thereafter, the Hon’ble Minister led field inspection in the Yuksom Tashiding Constituency and firstly visited Milk Collection Centre at Gerethang followed by Labing VLW Centre. The Visiting team then stopped at Labing Milk Producers Cooperative Society, where Shri Sharma handed over Provisional Sanction Intimation of Rs. Five Lakhs to the MPCS Committee Members/Land Donor.
Thereafter, the visiting team stopped at Mangtabong Milk Collection Centre, where he handed over Sanctioned intimation of Five Lakhs each to both Mangtabong and Mangsabong MCC.
This was followed by visit at proposed construction site of Khyongtey MPCS under Yuksom Dubdi GPU.
Later, the visiting team stopped at Tsong Dubdi MPCS and had a brief session, wherein the demand for transportation facilities was amicably resolved to ensure delivery of collected milk at Jorethang Milk Union via Pelling. It may be noted that four MPCS of the peripheries had transportation issues through the usual route via Tashiding Legship that is currently affected due to landslide at Phamrung falls near Labing. Shri Sharma also assured to provide Automatic Milk Collection Unit and other requirements like Milk Can.
Thereafter, the Hon’ble Minister had a brief halt at 13th Mile / Thingling Khechuperi GPU and formed a committee for the registration of land of VLW Centre located at Thingling / Ward No.3. Shri Sharma also handed over a Sanctioned document of Rs Five Lakhs each to both Thingling and Darapthang Milk Collection Centre. After listening to impressive procurement of around three hundred litres of Milk at Lamathang Milk Collection Centre and demands of dairy farmers, he assured to establish a Society House at the locality in view of dairy potential.
Later, the daylong inspection concluded with the visit at Melli Village Milk Collection Centre under Melli Aching GPU and Boom MPCS under Rimbi Timbrong GPU.
The programmes and field visits were carried out with due adherence to Covid-19 protocol