In the year 2005-06, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHD&F), GoI launched a pilot scheme titled “Venture Capital Scheme for Dairy and Poultry”. The main objective of the scheme was to extend assistance for setting up small dairy farms and other components to bring structural changes in the dairy sector.
During evalution, certain recommendations were made to accelerate the pace of implementation of this scheme. Taking into account the recommendations, DAHD&F decided to make some key changes to the scheme including its name. The revised scheme was named "Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme" (DEDS) and it came into operation with effect from 1 September 2010.
Objectives of the scheme:
- To promote modern dairy farms for production of clean milk
- To encourage heifer calf rearing, thereby conserving good breeding stock
- To bring structural changes in the unorganized sector (to take up initial processing of milk at the village level itself)
- To upgrade the quality of traditional technology to handle milk on a commercial scale
- To generate self-employment and provide infrastructure
Who can benefit from this scheme?
- Farmers, individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, companies, groups of organised and unorganised sectors, etc. (Groups of organised sector include Self-help Groups, dairy cooperative societies, milk unions, milk federations, etc.)
- An individual is eligible to avail assistance for all the components under the scheme but only once for each component
- More than one member of a family can avail this scheme but they have to set up separate units with separate infrastructure at different locations. The distance between the boundaries of two such farms should be at least 500 metres.
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