The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Union Territory of Ladakh and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the NDDB will oversee all Ladakh Milk Federation operations for a five-year period and carry out a structured programme for the development of the dairy industry in the union territory.
Meenesh Shah, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board highlighted during the event that the NDDB is focused on areas where the dairy industry needs to flourish in order to greatly improve the lifestyles of rural households. He also said that NDDB would make sure that the Ladakh Milk Federation’s operations and those of its member units are properly managed, with a focus on giving dairy farmers fair and transparent operations.
Shah further promised that the UT of Ladakh would continue to receive support from NDDB and its subsidiary businesses in its efforts to develop a dairy industry that would bring about prosperity. The milk processing facility in Leh has already undergone renovations and upgrades thanks to IDMC, a fully owned NDDB subsidiary firm, and will shortly be put into service.
Speaking on the occasion, Radha Krishna Mathur, Lt. Governor of UT of Ladakh said that NDDB’s expertise would help in establishing a robust milk procurement and processing system in Ladakh and would also help in undertaking scientific productivity enhancement activities with a focus on animal breeding, nutrition and health. This MoU would encourage entrepreneurs to set up dairy farms leading to the development of dairy sector in the region, which would also provide an avenue for employment for the rural youth and more milk production in UT.
Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council mentioned that Ladakh has the potential for milk production and these joint efforts by NDDB and the Ladakh administration would definitely help in ensuring a better remuneration to farmers for their milk.
Addressing the gathering, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP from Ladakh said, focussed intervention for dairying in the region was long-awaited and signing of this MoU would surely help in bringing socio-economic development in Ladakh.
For the duration of this MoU, NDDB will offer its services free of charge and delegate its qualified personnel to important managerial positions to oversee the Federation’s and its member units’ operations.
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