Revolutionizing Dairy Farming in Moga: Dutch NGO Collaborates with Farmers

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at empowering farmers and bolstering the animal husbandry sector in Moga district, the local administration has inked a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a distinguished non-governmental organization (NGO) hailing from the Netherlands. This collaborative effort promises to usher in a new era of prosperity for milk producers and agriculturists in the region.

The catalyst behind this transformative partnership is the Dutch NGO, PUM, headquartered in The Hague. With a rich legacy spanning over 45 years, PUM has garnered acclaim for its extensive collaboration with more than 40,000 businesses globally. Their expert pool, comprising 1,200 seasoned professionals, is dedicated to providing voluntary guidance across 30 diverse sectors of the economy. Operating in over 30 countries, PUM undertakes approximately 1,500 projects annually, leveraging a robust global network bolstered by 130 representatives.

Moga Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh underscored the profound impact this collaboration is poised to deliver. “PUM is renowned for its impactful interventions,” he remarked, “and their partnership with our farmers holds immense promise.” Singh emphasized that the MoU would facilitate the exchange of invaluable information and expertise, fostering a more lucrative environment for animal husbandry. He particularly highlighted the significant benefits anticipated for women farmers in the district.

The MoU signifies a pivotal milestone in the region’s agricultural landscape, with Grant Thornton India LLP, under the HDFC Parivartan initiative, playing a pivotal role in its realization. Their steadfast commitment to driving positive change has been instrumental in advancing this transformative agenda.

John Van Den Berg, the distinguished expert from PUM, renowned for his pioneering dairy experiments, articulated the objectives of the collaboration. “Our focus is on equipping farmers with the latest advancements in dairy farming techniques, animal healthcare, and optimal fodder utilization,” he elucidated. By imparting crucial knowledge and fostering skill development, Van Den Berg expressed optimism regarding the imminent dividends of this partnership.

Manpreet Singh, Managing Director of Grant Thornton Bharat LLP, echoed Van Den Berg’s sentiments, expressing confidence in the initiative’s potential to yield tangible outcomes. “This collaboration signifies a paradigm shift in our approach to agricultural development,” Singh affirmed. “We anticipate significant strides in enhancing the livelihoods of farmers and fortifying the economic fabric of the region.”

As Moga district embarks on this transformative journey, propelled by the synergistic efforts of stakeholders from across the globe, the horizon brims with promise. With innovation, expertise, and collaboration as its cornerstones, the dairy farming landscape in Moga is poised to flourish, heralding a future of prosperity for its agrarian community.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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