PANAJI: The government of Goa is spending crores of rupees on various schemes to boost milk production in Goa, without any real growth in production.
Minister for Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Nilkanth Halarnkar has informed the Assembly that the total requirement of Milk in the State of Goa per day for last 2 years is approximately 4.00 lakh litres per day.
“The total requirement of Milk in the State of Goa per day for last 2 years is approximately 4.00 lakh litres per day,” said Halarnkar
As informed by the Department of Cooperation, the Minister said that that they are the registering and controlling authority under the Goa Cooperative Societies Act, 2001 and Rule 2003 is exercising certain supervisory regulatory powers in accordance to the said Act.
“The Procurement of milk is a part of business activity of the Goa Dairy and therefore, Department of Cooperation has no jurisdiction to interfere in the business of the Goa Dairy,” he added
The State is facing a daily shortage of milk amidst allegations that there is a scam right from the supply of milch animals to the managing of subsidy schemes provided by the government.
The State is presently collecting 39,000 litre of locally produced milk while procuring another 13,000 litre per day from outside. A large chunk of 2 lakh litre of milk sale has been taken over by non-Goan national brands.
The government has spent close to Rs 112 crore through nearly eight various schemes to promote dairy farming and to increase milk production in the State.
According to the records of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 2018-19, the production of milk was 57,000 litres. In 2019-20 it climbed to 61,000 litres and fell to 60,000 litres in 2020-21.
The production of milk as of 2021-22 was 63,000 litres and according to the Economic Survey presented by the Government of Goa, the milk production in 2022-23 is little above 60,000 litres.
The Government has almost eight schemes to promote dairy farming and boost milk production. The marquee scheme amongst all those is the Kamdhenu scheme, which started with a lot of expectations