Bihar deputy CM visits NDDB

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Anand, Gujarat, Apr 30 (UNI) A high level delegation of the Bihar government, led by Deputy Chief Minister Shushil Kumar Modi, concluded a two-day visit to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) here today.

The delegation -- comprising Minister for Cooperation Giriraj Singh, Minister for Animal&Fish Resources and Managing Director Bihar State Dairy Federation and the Director (Animal Husbandry) Ramnarayan Mandal -- was given an overview of NDDB's activities and its programmes, which support cooperatives across the country and its Product and Process Development work, an NDDB release said here today.

They were also briefed about the programmes for increasing the productivity of the milch animals of the state. A draft Breeding Policy for Bihar was also presented. Wide ranging discussions were held with the Chairman and senior officers of NDDB on a State Dairy Plan for Bihar. Amendments to the existing Cooperative Law in the state were also discussed.

The delegation also visited IDMC's (a wholly owned subsidiary of NDDB), manufacturing facilities and packaging film manufacturing unit. They also went to a village dairy cooperative society and the Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, Bidaj semen production station.

Mr Modi sought NDDB's continued assistance for Bihar's dairy development programme, which expects to cover many more rural milk producers in the state.

Dr Amrita Patel, Chairman of NDDB reaffirmed the Board's commitment, saying that NDDB would be happy to continue providing technical and managerial assistance to expand the business of dairy cooperatives in Bihar and also to support producer-centric and professionally managed organisations.

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