The Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) is funded by NABARD to assist farmers in various ways, subsidising the purchase of Dairy Processing Equipment for manufacturing milk products. The prime focus is to uplift the dairy business in India and to assist farmers in generating secondary allied income.
Following are the objectives of the scheme:
- To promote setting up of modern dairy farms for production of clean milk
- To encourage heifer calf rearing thereby conserve good breeding stock
- To bring structural changes in the unorganized sector so that initial processing of milk can be taken up at the village level itself.
- To bring about upgradation of quality and traditional technology to handle milk on a commercial scale.
- To generate self employment and provide infrastructure mainly for unorganized
The scheme was designed in such a way that everyone should get equal opportunity to avail the benefits of the scheme and they are listed as follows;
- Farmers, individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, companies, groups of unorganised and organized sector etc. Groups of organized sector include self-help groups, dairy cooperative societies, milk unions, milk federations etc.
- An individual will be eligible to avail assistance for all the components under the scheme but only once for each component.
- More than one member of a family can be assisted under the scheme provided they set up separate units with separate infrastructure at different locations.
- The distance between the boundaries of two such farms should be at least 500m.
The maximum allowance of the financial loan Rs 12 lakh only.
Pattern of Assistance:
The farmer will get 25% of the outlay for general category and 33.33 % for SC / ST farmers as back ended capital subsidy subject to a ceiling of Rs 3 Lakh and Rs 4 Lakh for SC/ST farmers.
- Entrepreneur contribution (margin) – 10 % of the outlay (minimum)
- Back ended capital subsidy – 25% of outlay for general category and 33.33% for SC/ST Category
- Effective Bank Loan – Balance portion, Minimum of 40% of the outlay
Linkage with credit:
Assistance under the scheme would be purely credit linked and subject to sanction of the project by eligible financial institutions.
Eligible financial institutions:
- Commercial Banks
- Regional Rural Banks
- State Cooperative Banks
- State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks: and
- Such other institutions, which are eligible for refinance from NABARD.
Application forms / format for application: