Now, milk-chiller stations­

Advising farmers to increase milk production in the State, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said milk-chiller stations will operate at Mapusa, Margao, Vasco and Panjim for the benefit of people to get fresh milk at subsidised rates.

Parrikar also announced that Rs 10 crore has been provided for the Kamdhenu Sudharit Yojna (KSY) successful and appealed to farmers to increase milk production so that the State reduces its dependency on milk from other states.

Addressing the inaugural function of the Cattle Mela at Copordem Cattle Breeding Farm in Copordem-Sattari on Monday, Parrikar however warned farmers not to misuse the scheme.

“The Kamdhenu scheme is the unique scheme, whereby an eligible farmer will benefit a lot, as a farmer who purchases cattle will get a subsidy ranging from 75% to 90%, besides a subsidy to milk production and fodder to animals,” he added.

Parrikar also requested the Copordem Farm authority to increase milk production from 1 lakh litres to 2.5 lakh per day.

Director of Animal Husbandry Dr B Braganza said farmers can now purchase animals or cattle within the State itself and the veterinary officers need not accompany farmers outside Goa to purchase cattle.

“The subsidy will directly go to the beneficiary’s account at any branch of Goa State Co-operative Banks all over the State,” he added.

Deputy Speaker Anant Shet and Sanquelim MLA Dr Pramod Sawant also spoke at the function. [H]