25 July 2022, New Delhi: Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Mr Parshottam Rupala formally launched the NDDB MRIDA Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), today to carry forward manure management initiatives across the nation.
Mr Rupala thanked NDDB and its Chairman Mr Meenesh Shah for initiating a step in a new direction at an appropriate time. He also lauded Mr Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) on the occasion.
Mr Rupala said that it was Mr Chaturvedi’s idea that several subsidiary companies are working under the NDDB on various subjects. He also remembered former Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri stating the beginning of NDDB was done to establish the Amul model in the country. “The NDDB has not only done tremendous work in the country, but has also established its foot abroad…So, this is an asset,” he said.
With the approval of the Central Government, NDDB has established NDDB MRIDA Limited, an Unlisted Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 2013 on July 1, 2022 as with the paid-up capital of Rs.9.50 crore.
He said NDDB Mrida Ltd will open avenues of additional income to dairy farmers from sale of slurry/ dung. The savings to the farmers by virtue of replacement of cooking fuel with biogas. Efforts are being made for better utilisation of bovine dung but most are individual initiatives. However, this new company will provide structured impetus to manure management efforts.
Also, promoting usage of dung-based manure will gradually lead to replacement of chemical fertilisers with organic manure thereby reducing dependency on India’s dependency on imports, the Union Minister further said.
“I am happy that NDDB, which was earlier in Gujarat, has now moved out and is taking steps to establish cooperatives across the country,” he added. On this occasion, Dr Balyan also launched a brochure on NDDB MRIDA Limited and Dr Murugan handed over NDDB’s SUDHAN trademark to Chairman and MD, NDDB MRIDA Limited.
The NDDB Chairman said MRIDA Ltd will take up setting up of manure value chain, biogas-based CNG generation, biogas-based energy generation for dairy plants.
The Agriculture Secretary on his part said the NDDB has also taken up projects for utilisation of cattle dung to meet the energy needs of dairy plants. “The foundation stone for first such project was laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in Varanasi on December 23, 2021. NDDB has also registered a trademark named “SuDhan” to provide common identity to dung-based organic fertilisers,” he added.
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