Two brothers of Nag Khurd village near Majitha have become a role model for the people of their area due to hi-tech methods adopted by them at their dairy farm, resulting in an increased income.
Ravi Inder Singh (33) and Preet Inder Singh (30), sons of Harjinder Singh, said encouraged by the government’s initiatives towards boosting agriculture-related allied activities, they decided to go in for dairy farming.
With the help of animal husbandry department and the district administration, they started a dairy farming in about two and half acre.
Though the family had been into dairy farming for the past 10 years, it was only seven years back that they decided to adopt the latest dairy farming techniques.
The brothers, Ravi Inder and Preet Inder, took over the lead role from their father, who now remains at hand to provide guidance. “We now have 225 cows and our daily milk production touches 2,700 litres,” the brothers said, while talking to Hindustan Times at their farm on Wednesday.
The duo said even as 13 labourers work at their dairy farm, they use machines for milking cows.
The brothers have also bought two milk vending machines through which they supply milk to their listed consumers in Amritsar city. The machines have been mounted on two separate three-wheelers and consumers have been given pre-paid coupons for buying milk. Whatever extra milk is left, it is supplied to companies such as Amul.
At a state-level livestock championship held at Muktsar last month, a cow from their farm stood second in the milk yield category by producing 59 liters in a single lactation.
However, the brothers feel that the government needs to extend some more support to the dairy farmers in selling their produce. Besides, the government must keep a constant quality check on milk being sold by private dairy farms.
“We must maintain the highest standard in dairy farming and must only sell good quality milk in the market. In the past, dairy farmers have earned a bad name due to synthetic milk and adulterated milk being sold in the market,” Ravi Inder said, while referring to a marked difference between qualities of milk of his farm with that of farms in neighbouring villages.
Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat specially went to Nag Khurd village to meet and encourage the brothers. He appreciated their efforts and assured all support to them.
He said, “The government is making special efforts to boost agriculture-related allied activities and such success stories will encourage others to take to dairy farming.”
“With an aim to encourage dairy farming, the government organises livestock championships in every district, wherein breed competitions of animals in 50 different categories and milking contests of cows, buffaloes and goats are held,” said the DC.
The winners are given cash prizes worth Rs 5.15 lakh. The winners also get an opportunity to participate in the national livestock competition, wherein the prize money is equivalent to Rs 1.5 crore.
Stressing on the need for adopting allied activities, the DC said: “The government imparts free of cost training, provides subsidy and facilitates loans through banks to boost dairy and other allied activities.”
He called upon unemployed youths to adopt dairy and other allied activities to earn revenue for themselves and their families.