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National Dairy Development Board establishes ‘NDDB Mrida Ltd’ for Manure Management

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2022 4:00 PM

Read Time: 3 minute

The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) launched NDDB MRIDA Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary firm, here on July 25 to develop manure management activities throughout the nation. Parshottam Rupala is the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Dr. L Murugan, Union Ministers of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, DAHD, Government of India; Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB and NDDB Mrida; Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary (CDD), DAHD, Government of India; and Sandeep Bharti, recently appointed Managing Director of NDDB MRI.

NDDB created NDDB MRIDA Limited, an Unlisted Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 2013, on July 1, 2022, as having a paid-up capital of Rs. 9.50 crore, with the Central Government's blessing. On this occasion, Dr. Balyan also unveiled a booklet about NDDB MRIDA Limited, and Dr. Murugan presented the chairman and MD of NDDB MRIDA Limited with the NDDB's SUDHAN trademark.

National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Mrida Ltd

NDDB Mrida Ltd would provide dairy farmers with extra income opportunities through the sale of slurry/dung, according to Rupala, who spoke at the event. The savings to the farmers as a result of switching to biogas as their cooking fuel. Bovine manure is being used more effectively, but most of the efforts are personal. However, this new business will give manure management efforts a formal boost. The Union 
Minister added that encouraging the use of dung-based manure will also gradually result in the replacement of chemical fertilisers with organic manure, lowering India's reliance on imports.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Balyan said that this is a first-of-its-kind company that focuses on the effective utilization of dung by developing a value chain for managing manure, which will significantly improve the livelihoods of dairy farmers while also supporting the Swachh Bharat Mission and the promotion of green energy.

According to Dr. Murugan, attempts to manage manure have the potential to produce biogas that would be equal to 50% of India's current LPG consumption and bioslurry that would be equal to 44% of the country's NPK needs. Furthermore, effective manure management encourages overall cleanliness and well-being and helps milking cows live longer, more productive lives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the problem of stray cattle.

Projects to use cow manure as source of energy for dairy facilities

According to Chaturvedi, NDDB has also taken on projects to use cow manure as a source of energy for dairy facilities. On December 23, 2021, in Varanasi, the Prime Minister of India lay the cornerstone for the first such project. For the purpose of giving dung-based organic fertilizers a common identity, NDDB has also registered the trademark " SuDhan ". The establishment of a manure value chain, biogas-based CNG production, and biogas-based energy generation for dairy plants would be undertaken by NDDB Mrida Ltd, according to Chairman of NDDB and NDDB Mrida Shri Shah.

Ways to use cattle dung more efficiently

The new company will look into ways to use cattle dung more efficiently as an ingredient in various industries and as a replacement for traditional wood, clay, paint, and so on. According to the Chairman of NDDB and NDDB Mrida Ltd, the company will conduct research and development on cost-effective technologies for efficient dung management, with a major focus on developing revenue generation models at the village level through the sale of cattle dung-based products.

To generate an additional revenue stream for dairy farmers, the company will provide marketing and sales support to agencies producing gobar-gas slurry-based fertilisers, as well as establish mechanisms to accrue carbon revenue from the projects.


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