Dairy farming profitable, but not as much to the farmers themselves

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August 9, 2012 at 10:47 am #3693

Goa is a state that is banking on other states for most of its needs, including vegetables, fruits, milk and other agricultural produce.

Though there are schemes, many do not avail of the schemes or people rather do not want to put in much efforts.

However, a farmer from Chandel-Pernem, made a humble beginning and is today supplying 850 litres of milk to Goa Dairy, out of which 500 litres are from his own dairy.

Dayanand Gauns was initially a motorcycle taxi rider; 24 years back he started his dairy with just 2 cows and today owns 110 cattle.

“My milk production is 500 litres a day. Another 350 litres are collected from neighbouring farms and together 850 litres of milk is supplied by me everyday to Goa Dairy,” says Gauns.

He, however, is pained over the fact that he gets paid at just ` 24 per litre after labouring so hard and feels that this needs to be hiked to ` 30.

“Perhaps youth do want to venture into such a job as after working so hard we do not get our due share of profit. The profit margin is taken by someone else. Atleast the government that is boasting of agriculture must give us the required support price so that we are motivated in our job,” he feels, adding this should come in time to the farmer.

Named as Sri Sateri Dudh Utpadak Sahakari Saunstha at Chandel, Mr Gauns points out that the benefit he receives from Goa Dairy is high protein feed which is provided to him at the rate of ` 543 per bag and medicines that are provided at subsidised rates.

“Dairy farming is a profitable business. In Goa the per day demand of milk is 4 lakh litres and Goa Dairy on its own can produce just 60,000 litres of milk, the deficiency is covered by Goa Dairy buying milk from others,” he informs.

In Pernem alone there are 14 such small farms or dairies which supply milk to Goa Dairy. Another prominent farm is the Carvalho’s farm at Siolim in Bardez which also supplies milk to surrounding areas.
Mr Gauns informed that in Chandel alone from his dairy he was selling to locals around 30 litres of milk per day
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“The rest of the milk is cooled and the 10,000 litre capacity tanker of Goa Dairy arrives every morning in which we pump in the milk,” he informs.

The milk available here is of good quality and consists of 4.2 per cent fat. Goa Dairy sells milk at ` 42 a litre after toning it.

When asked about animal feed Mr Gauns regretted that today there were no open fields for animals to graze though in Pernem there was still land available for grazing.

“Sometimes people burn their grass which otherwise could have been used as fodder for cows. I have grown fodder in my fields. Cow dung is also sold at ` 1000 a truck” he informs.

Gauns had set up his dairy in 2002 at a cost of ` 6 lakhs and today has a gobar gas plant and around 10 workers working for him at his dairy. He has considerably improved his standard of living by being involved in dairy farming
If better support price for milk is provided even youth would take to dairy farming and the milk deficiency in Goa would be overcome, he opined.

“Atleast on an experimental basis we could club the talukas of Sattari, Bicholim, Bardez and Pernem for distribution of milk. And, we could try to solve the milk deficiency in these talukas as a first step on account of a long transportation journey to Goa Dairy. However, the government must explore this possibility. Simply making tall talks about boosting agriculture is of no use when we do not get the benefit of schemes on time,” he remarks. He further says that for all the 14 farms in Pernem there is one veterinary doctor who checks the cattle.

Mr Gauns claims that subsidies on cows, good support price for milk and subsidized feed could go a long way in giving a boost to dairy farming in the state.
“I have received 8 awards from Goa Dairy for being the farmer maintaining the same supply quota, sometimes, even more. I have also received one award from Government of India for also being a good farmer having established myself in dairy farming,” he says proudly.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Pernem dairy farmer writes a success story

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