Department of Dairy Development , Kannur
Kerala is a land gifted with natural amenities for the dairy development and there is ample scope for rearing cattle, buffaloes and goat. The dairy sector has made significant contribution to the GDP of Kerala over the past years. The implementation of cattle induction programmes like pasugramam and MSDP has created an upward bend in milk production since last few years. But our demand for milk is much higher than domestic production. The project MSDP is aimed at bringing more farmers / entrepreneurs, SHG into the sector and to maintain the productivity of crossbred cows and to create awareness to the farmers in adopting scientific management in cattle farming. In order to achieve the above goal the scheme intends to provide assistance for purchase of single milk animal, starting mini dairy units with 2 milk animals, 5 milk animals and 10 milk animals. For ensuring a better future, the MSDP also proposes to assist purchase of good quality heifer, so as to preserve as a buffer stock for the future. It also intends to give assistance to infrastructure development for farmers by way of offering financial assistance to construction of modern Cattle Shed, encourage mechanization in the field of dairying by assisting the purchase of milking machine and also to give need based assistance to progressive dairy of the state for modernization and mechanization of their farm activities. The scheme also has provisions to get the services of Women Cattle Care Workers who act as facilitators for helping the dairy farmers in regard to transfer of modern dairying techniques to farm level situations.