Under ‘Tribal Women Dairy Project’, around 300 Tribal Women Dairy Co-operative Societies (TWDCS) engaging around 9000 tribal women to be formed to create enabling environment for Dairy Development in a dozen tribal dominated districts.
Bhubaneswar: In order to empower tribal women through dairy cooperatives in the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Balangir, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Balasore and Mayurbhanj under ‘Tribal Women Dairy Project’, Odisha Government owned diary cooperative OMFED has received Rs. 46.45 crore from Union Tribal Affairs Ministry.
OMFED chairman Bishnupada Sethi had submitted the project proposal to the Tribal Affairs Ministry. The then Secretary of Ministry of Tribal Affairs Dr. Hrushikesh Panda, who had earlier also worked as OMFED CMD, is said to have played a crucial role in sanctioning the project from centre along with the support of Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram. In fact it is for the first time that OMFED has received such a huge amount for any dairy development project from the Government of India. .
OMFED aims to educate and empower tribal women in Odisha by providing better training and facilities in order to increase productivity and better income generation from dairy activities, said a senior OMFED official.
The project envisages formation of around 300 Tribal Women Dairy Co-operative Societies (TWDCS) engaging around 9000 tribal women in these districts. OMFED will extend support to these cooperative society members in terms of subsidies, training and equipment.