INDIA – The Ladakh UT Dairy Cooperative Federation Ltd, under the management of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has officially initiated the supply of fresh milk to Indian Army establishments in Leh.

The inaugural shipment, flagged off by Shri Tashi Gyalson, the Hon’ble Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, marked a significant collaboration aiming at bolstering the region’s dairy industry.

The ceremonial supply of ‘Ladakh Oma’ pasteurized milk took place at the Milk Pasteurization Plant in Agling, Leh, today.

Shri Tashi Namgyal, Hon’ble Executive Councilor (ASH), Shri Stanzin Chosphel, Hon’ble Executive Councilor (Cooperative), Shri Ravinder Kumar, Secretary (ASH), and other officials, including the Managing Director of Ladakh Milk Federation, were present during the occasion.

CEC Gyalson highlighted the strategic importance of supplying Ladakh Oma pasteurized milk to the Indian Army units, emphasizing the commitment of the Hill Council and UT Administration to support local dairy farmers.

“The initiative is poised to ensure consistent and lucrative pricing for dairy farmers in Ladakh while concurrently facilitating the supply of fresh pasteurized liquid milk to Army establishments.”

In 2022 National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) signed a tripartite MoU with Union Territory of Ladakh and LAHDC by which manages the entire operations of Ladakh Milk Federation for a period of five years from then and implement a structured dairy development programme in the region.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Shri Radha Krishna Mathur, Hon’ble Lt. Governor of UT Ladakh, and Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Hon’ble MP of Ladakh.

Chairman of NDDB, Shri Meenesh Shah, reiterated the focus on developing dairy sectors in regions like Ladakh to contribute significantly to rural livelihoods.

NDDB assured fair and transparent operations for dairy farmers, supporting the UT of Ladakh in its endeavor for prosperity through dairying.

Hon’ble Lt. Governor of UT Ladakh expressed confidence that NDDB’s expertise would establish a robust milk procurement and processing system, encouraging entrepreneurship and employment for rural youth.

“The MoU aims to enhance scientific productivity in animal breeding, nutrition, and health, fostering socio-economic development in Ladakh,” he said.

Additionally, Shri Gyalson, mentioned the potential for milk production in Ladakh and expressed optimism about NDDB and Ladakh Administration’s joint efforts ensuring better remuneration for farmers.

Hon’ble MP Shri Namgyal added, highlighting the long-awaited focus on dairying in the region, anticipating socio-economic development through the signed MoU.

“Under the MoU, NDDB will provide services without management fees and deploy professional manpower at key managerial positions during the tenure, further solidifying the commitment to the development of the dairy sector in Ladakh.”

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