Chandigarh: The Haryana Government will set up 200 hi-tech mini-dairy units across the state at a cost of Rs two crore to boost milk production in the state.

With a view to increase milk and fodder production, and generating more jobs, dairies with three, five and 20 plus milch animals each would be set up in the state, a spokesman of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department said on Monday.

While commercial banks would finance these dairy units, the department would provide free training to entrepreneurs and sponsor their loan applications to banks, he said.

Besides, 50 percent cost of insurance of dairy animals in general, and 100 percent in case of those owned by SCs, would be borne by the department. It would also provide veterinary and breeding facilities at the farmers' door-steps.

Per capita milk availability in Haryana is 680 gm per day which is the second highest, next to Punjab. Milk production aggregates 62.67 lakh metric tonnes out of which more than 80 percent comes from buffaloes.

According to the Livestock Census-2007, the buffalo population in the state was 59.5 lakh, and that of cattle 15.5 lakh; and about 22.27 lakh households were engaged in livestock rearing along with agriculture.


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