FURKATING, Sept 21 - The engagement of unemployed youth in milk production has led to a new White Revolution at Furkating in Golaghat district, with the dairy farms of the area registering a record production of about 5,000 litres of milk every day.
At present, more than 100 families of the area are busy in milk production. The milk is sold in Golaghat and Bokakhat and nearby places.
There is a long history of milk production in Furkating since the 1970s. Debeswar Nath, a resident of No. 1 Tiruwal village started the Surabhi Dugdha Utpadan Kendra, for which he received the national award for milk production at the domestic level in 2007.
After this, several people became engaged in milk production. The Kamdhenu Atma Sahayak Gut started in 2004. Renamed as Kamdhenu Dugdha Utpadak Samabay Samiti (KDUSS) in 2007, it has since then organised the farmers and arranged assistance and training to increase milk production.
Today, the KDUSS collects more than 500 litres of milk daily from more than 40 farmers. The milk is sold to the Milk Pasteurisation Centre at Bokakhat under the Dairy Development Department of the Government of Assam.
More than 100 families of villages including No. 1 Tiruwal, Ulutali, Baruagaon, Aathgaon, Kochgaon, Nogora, Jamuguri, and Gargaon are involved in the production of 5,000 litres of milk daily in greater Furkating area.
But the farmers are still lagging behind due to lack of assistance from the government. �Due to the indifferent attitude of government departments, we cannot proceed as we plan,� KDUSS president Umesh Nath told this correspondent.
Diganta Nath, a progressive milk producer, told this correspondent that he was highly satisfied with his job. �At present, I am getting 80 litres of milk daily from 12 cows,� he said.
However, a recent attack of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) made several cows ill in the region, and in some case, a few cows died or became invalid. �Our cows suffered badly from FMD but the Veterinary Department is doing nothing for us,� a milk producer lamented.
Several unemployed youths have also developed dairy-based sweet production centres. The milk producers are now demanding financial assistance so that they can develop their livelihood further.