Anand, September 10, 2018: In a bid to tackle the Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) glut, and acting on the advice of several milk unions and the apex dairy body National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), several States have begun using SMP for the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme, thereby increasing consumption.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday said that six states, including Karnataka, Bihar and Rajasthan, have initiated use of SMP as milk in the scheme according to the reports published in thehindubusinesline.com.
“The SMP glut is a matter of concern and we are working to tackle it. Six states have already started providing milk as part of the MDM scheme at schools and anganwadis. We are hopeful of other States joining soon,” said Singh on the sidelines of a dairy event at NDDB in Anand.
“Also, States such as Gujarat and Maharastra have incentivised exports by providing financial assistance for SMP exports. This is also helping to address the issue,” he added.
Farmers from about 16 States participated in the National Workshop.
During the programme, dairy cooperatives that have been efficiently using the E-Market platform of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI) for the maximum benefit of dairy farmers were also awarded.
Thehindubusinessline.com further added that Tamil Nadu Milk Federation topped for the maximum sale of dairy products, while the Bihar Milk Federation stood first for maximum purchase of dairy products.
NCDFI officials said that in 2017-18, total trade through the E-market platform touched ₹903 crore.