Training Infrastructure in Dairying for Rural Dairy Farmers: Punjab

Details of Training Infrastructure in Dairying for Rural Dairy Farmers
Name of the SchemeTraining Infrastructure in Dairying for Rural Dairy Farmers
Sponsored byBoth: Central & State Government
Funding PatternFinancial Assistant in the shape of margin money at the rate of 15 percent of the loan amount subject to the maximum of Rs. 40,000 to set up dairy units having 5 and 50 milch animals shall be provided to each beneficiary.
Ministry/DepartmentDepartment of Animal Husbandary, Fisheries & Dairy Development
DescriptionTo impart 15 days training in dairy farming practices to the prospective dairy farmers and to help them in establishing a dairy farm by arranging loans from banks.
Other BeneficiariesFarmers.
Details i)Interested candidates are identified or selected by the Deputy Director, Dairy or Dairy Development Officer ii)15 days training is imparted to the candidates so selected at Dairy Training Centres located at Bija (Ludhiana), Phagwara (Kapurthala), Tarntaran (Amritsar), Sardulgarh (Mansa) and Chatamli(Kurali). iii)These training centres have the facility to accommodate 50 candidates in each batch. The centres are equipped with hostel facility and cooperative mess. iv)Interested candidates from among the trained persons are assisted in securing loans for the establishment of a dairy farm. v)Earlier, the arrangements for loan were with the PADB alone. Recently, commercial banks are also being involved. vi)To procure loan mortgage of agricultural land is a pre-requisite. Generally the loan advanced to a beneficiary is 80 percent of the fixed value of land mortgaged which varies with different areas. vii)The department extends help in the purchase of good quality milch under the scheme. viii)All animals purchased by raising loans are compulsorily insured. Insurance premium is charged at the rate of 2.25 percent, which is otherwise 4 percent. ix)Technical officers of the department provide technical know how at the door step of the beneficiary to ensure that such dairy farming units are run on scientific lines and generate enough profit.
Eligibility criteriaThe unemployed rural youth in the age group of 18 to 50 years having passed 5th class are eligible to avail the benefits of this scheme.
How to AvailField staff of the department engaged in the extension work contacts the people in the rural area, shortlist the prospective candidates, provide information and prepare them for taking up the dairy farming. With their guidance, interested farmers come forward and participate in this scheme.
Validity of the Scheme
Introduced On 01 / 04 / 2006
Valid Upto 01 / 04 / 2011

Source: National Portal Co-ordinator  (Punjab, 21-10-2009)