TATA Power, India’s largest integrated power company has always been a front-runner in uplifting rural areas. Continuing with the commitment, Tata Power, in a joint venture with ALC India, launched a dairy farming initiative, Maval Dairy programme. The objective of the initiative is to offer specialised training called Mini Dairy entrepreneurship programme to encourage and inspire the country’s youth to take up dairying as a profitable enterprise.
The programme’s genesis is in line with the government’s value of innovation and entrepreneurship. It was started to support the livelihoods of women and men in the Maval Taluka to enhance right skills and knowledge required to set up the dairy enterprise. The Mini Dairy Entrepreneurship program successfully certified 102 youth Advance Dairy Entrepreneur that will help them to augment their earnings.
Commenting on the initiative, Ashok Sethi, COO & executive director, Tata Power, said, “At Tata Power, we believe in the government’s vision of nurturing a culture of young entrepreneurs to build ‘New India’ and recognise the importance of women entrepreneurship. We also aim to stimulate interest, promote innovative ideas, best practices and increase productivity in the rural areas of our country.
This programme targets select beneficiaries, married women from 24 identified villages of Maval Taluka in the age group of 18-40 years with dairy farming experience of at least two–three years. Additionally, the candidates must aspire to develop and own an animal dairy farm and be willing to invest close to Rs seven lakhs to be arranged as loans through a tie-up with banks and other financial institutions.
The 51-day training course is designed to be conducted in five centres, Wadeshwar, Ingalun, Kashal, Falne, and Wahangaon. Out of the 51 days, 25 days are allocated for theory, five days for exposure visits and 21 days of apprenticeship. The faculty boasts of esteemed practitioners from Government veterinary department, veterinary college, Godrej Agro vet and dairy technical and agriculture experts. It focuses on varied aspects of dairying; clean milk production, animal healthcare management, fodder and feed management, ration balancing, animal breeding and artificial insemination & calf management, dairy marketing, dairy farm business economics, linkage between Dairy animal & agriculture, business plan for dairy farm and bank loan, Panchgavya knowhow, and manure and urine management.
This entrepreneurship initiative organised in association with the Agricultural Skill Council of India (ASCI), Ministry of Skill Development offers an attractive incentive of Rs 2000 as an award money on maintaining 85 per cent attendance and clearing the exam. On successful completion, each candidate is awarded certificate from ASCI, National Skill Development Corporation.