BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (OMFED) is all set to launch a low fat content skimmed milk on September 20.

Groundwater, which has emerged as India's prime adaptive mechanism in times of drought, will play a crucial role this year since the aquifers were recharged in 2006-08. The impact of the drought of 2009 will therefore be less severe than the drought of 2002. Beyond the immediate response, we need to think long term. Instead of pumping money into dams and canals, Indian agriculture will be better off investing in "groundwater banking". This involves storing surplus flood waters in aquifers which can be drawn upon in times of need.

Place orders for 20,000 litres daily; to set up Rs 1.5 cr chilling plant

In a major shot in the arm for the Save-the-Cow movement spearheaded by the Sankalpit India Parivar (SIP) of Mewat, the ISKCON family of the USA has asked them to supply 20,000 litres of cow milk to them daily.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as genetic upgradation of cattle and buffalo to propel dairy development has emerged major thrust area, the State Government is waking up to lapses in many critical areas.

The erosion by Beki river has been creating devastation in some parts of Barpeta and Baksa districts for the last few years.

Severe erosion since 2004 has targeted the Barpeta Dairy Farm, among others, and almost 800 bighas of land out of 1800 bighas of land of the farm have been lost to the river till now.

- Modelled on Amul, Deep Joshi

Prices of dairy products up.

Deficient rain this monsoon has affected milk production, particularly in the northern states of the country, driving up procurement cost of companies such as Mother Dairy and Amul by 10-15 per cent. Consequently, prices of dairy products such as ghee and skimmed milk powder (SMP) have also firmed up.

The YSR Government

Agricultural scientist and chairman of National Commission on Agriculture MS Swaminathan said that any attempt to promote the cooperative or group farming will succeed only if it is made into win-win situation for all those who join it.

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