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Denmark to assist Maharashtra farmers’ distinctive ‘ATMs’


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For the final ten years, Babytai Wagh, a farmer from Malegaon village within the Washim district of drought-prone Vidarbha area has survived all of the agrarian crises and confronted life with braveness, due to her “ATM”. 

Her husband Mukund ended his life in 2012 as he was unable to pay the debt after consisted crop failures. Babytai shouldered the duty of the household and educated her youngsters and settled them of their lives.

“That is due to ATM. We name our cattle an ATM. In my case, goat rearing and dairy has helped me face all of the disaster. My goats are my ATM” she says.  

Dairy is a supplementary exercise to agriculture however has the potential to generate further earnings and employment alternatives for the agricultural households. It has helped to curb farmer suicides say consultants.   

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“The variety of farmers suicides in western Maharashtra is relatively much less due to the dairy sector. Nearly all districts within the western elements have well-established dairy companies. Within the case of crop failure or unseasonal rains and droughts, farmers can maintain on dairy earnings” says farmer Vishwas Patil from Kolhapur.  He mentioned cattle work as farmers’ ATMs as not solely farmers can earn from milk however can promote the animals throughout any monetary emergency. That is seen as a greater various than farmers going to personal cash lenders throughout monetary disaster.

Denmark assist

Taking the cue from dairy farmers, the State authorities now plans to broaden the dairy sector with assist from the Denmark authorities. Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy in India Freddy Svane has mentioned Denmark might be organising a Centre of Excellence in Dairy in Maharashtra. He mentioned he has mentioned this with Maharashtra’s Minister of Animal Husbandry Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. The ambassador spoke to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The State has over 13,235 co-operative dairy societies and 79 co-operative dairy unions.

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“Denmark is a number one nation in relation to the milk business. State’s dairy enterprise will get assist and farmers would be capable to earn extra earnings if consultants from Denmark information them,” mentioned Vikhe Patil whereas speaking to the Copenhagen delegation.  

Strengthening the “ATM”

The State authorities has already began a particular mission in collaboration with the Nationwide Dairy Improvement Board (NDDB) to extend milk manufacturing in 11 districts of Vidarbha and Marathawada areas identified for agrarian misery. This mission features a fodder improvement programme, provide of high quality cattle feed, provide of cattle feed dietary supplements (mineral combination) and veterinary providers equivalent to AI service at doorsteps, vaccination, eradication of ticks and flies and infertility.

The common every day assortment of milk by the federal government and co-operative dairies was 0.50 lakh litre and 40.43 lakh litre respectively throughout 2020-21 within the State and 0.39 lakh litre and 41.74 lakh litre respectively throughout 2021-22 as much as November.

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