NDDB’s subsidiary for manure management NDDB Mrida Ltd launched

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NDDB’s subsidiary for manure management NDDB Mrida Ltd launched. Hon’ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Shri Parshottam Rupala here on Monday launched NDDB Mrida Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of National Dairy Development Board to take forward manure management initiatives across the country in presence of Hon’ble Union Ministers of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Dr L Murugan, Shri Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, DAHD, Govt. of India, Shri Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB, Ms Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary (CDD), DAHD, Govt. of India and Shri Sandeep Bharti, newly-appointed Managing
Director of NDDB MRIDA Limited.

With the encouragement and 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 with a paid-up capital of Rs. 9.50 crore.

On the occasion, Shri Rupala said NDDB Mrida Ltd will open avenues of additional income to dairy farmers from sale of slurry/ dung in addition of savings to the farmers by virtue of replacement of cooking fuel with biogas. Uptill now, isolated and individual efforts are being made for better utilisation of cow dung. However, this new company will provide structured impetus to cow dung-based manure management efforts.

Also, promoting usage of cow 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.

Dr. Balyan said the manure management initiatives have potential to generate biogas equivalent to 50 per cent of India’s present LPG consumption & also produce bio slurry equivalent to 44 per cent of India’s NPK requirement. Further, efficient manure management also promotes general wellbeing & cleanliness, contributes to increasing the productive economic life cycle of milch animals beyond milking thereby helping tackle the problem of stray cattle & lowering of GHG emissions.

Dr. Murugan said this is a first-of-its-kind company focussing on efficient utilisation of dung by creating a manure management value chain which will immensely contribute to enhancing the livelihoods of dairy farmers at the same time contribute towards Swachh Bharat Mission and promotion of green energy.

Shri Chaturvedi said NDDB has also taken up projects for utilisation of cow dung to meet the energy needs of dairy plants. 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 cow dung based organic fertilisers.

Shri Shah, Chairman NDDB and NDDB Mrida Ltd said NDDB Mrida Ltd will take up setting up of manure value chain, biogas based CNG generation, biogas-based energy generation for dairy plants. The new company will explore opportunities to efficiently use cow dung as ingredient for various applications in different industries and as a replacement to traditional wood, clay, paint, etc.

Shri Shah also said the company will undertake research and development on cost effective technologies for efficient cow dung management and a major area of focus will be establishing revenue generation models at the village-level through sale of cattle dung-based products. The company will provide marketing and sale support to agencies manufacturing gobar-gas slurry-based fertilisers and establish mechanisms to accrue carbon revenue from the projects to generate additional revenue stream
for dairy farmers.

Ms Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary, DADF, Govt. of India mentioned that NDDB has played instrumental roles in identifying and filling gaps in the dairy and allied value chain and therefore it is logical to have a company dedicated to unlock value in cow dung management.

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