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The Minister said that the tie-up, aimed at aggressive marketing, was intended to remain competitive when multinational companies were making tie-up with local dairies.
Ms. Gouri said that a joint company, Mother Foods, would be set up towards this purpose. The NDDB would hold 51 per cent share in it.
The agreement on in this regard would be signed on August 31.
The NDDB has appraised a Rs. 35-crore project for processing and marketing surpluses in the milk being procured by the Milma from the primary cooperatives.
She said that the NDDB was entering into similar collaboration with other State federations also to set up mother dairies.
The NDDB, she said, had granted Rs. 25 crores to the State for its efforts to keep the State free of cattle diseases.
The Secretary (Animal Husbandry), S. Subbhayya, said that the cattle insurance of the department would be enlarged to cover animal health care and assistance in breeding.
He said that the insurance company would bear the cost for anti-fertility treatment and insemination if pregnancy does not occur after three inseminations. Medical costs would be directly paid by the insurance company.
The Anand Pattern Milk Societies would advance medicines.
He said that a scheme with such a reach was being implemented for the first time in the country.
The premium payable would be Rs. 625 per animal. Of this, one-third would be given by the local bodies. The Government would provide Rs. 100. Thus the farmer would only have to pay Rs. 317 for a cover of Rs. 10,000 per animal. There will be district-level review committee to redress complaints. The chairman of Milma, Gopala Kurup, was also present.
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