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The dairy activity is a major livelihood opportunity for the rural poor in Andhra Pradesh. Milk procurement activity taken up on pilot basis in Nizamabad and Mahaboobnagar districts during 2006-07 and it has helped the milk producers to get better price for milk and promoted transparency in Milk Procurement. This also triggered intervention in milk productivity in the villages. Based on the success evidenced in the pilots, the same model is replicated in 18 more districts in the state during the year 2008-09. Bulk Milk Cooling Units (BMCUs) with a capacity of 2000 to 5000 liters to collect and chill to the desired temperature of 40 C were established in 174 mandals in the state. In collaboration with the APDDCF Ltd., the SHGs and their federations have taken over 174 BMCUs covering 3400 Village Milk Procurement Centers with 1, 39,875 milk producers and contributing 2.57 lakh liters of milk per day in peak season and 1.79 lakh liters of milk per day in lean season. The total quantity and the value of the milk procured and supplied by the SHG managed BMCUs during the year 2009-10 is 49248 MTs and Rs.9849.60 lakhs. 25 Andhra Pradesh Bajra Napier (APBN) fodder nurseries (perennial fodder) have been established during this year for supplying fodder slips to the farmers. About 1025 Acres of APBN is grown by community members to supply green fodder to the Milch animals in 412 villages of 16 districts.

69 Mini Feed Mixing Plants have been sanctioned under PM package to BMCU Mandal Samakhyas for preparation and supply of Concentrate feed to community members under feed credit programme. Out of the 69 plants sanctioned 25 plants have been installed and were sanctioned working capital of Rs.3-00 Lakhs each. 9 plants have already begun supplying feed to community member farmers.          More...[+]