Day two started with a trip to Mahanand Dairy Cooperative. On the bus trip, our tour guide Raj gave us a background of the dairy industry in India. India is the number one milk producing country in the world, and also has the largest number of dairy cows. Residents drink cow milk as well as water buffalo milks. The cow is sacred in the Hindu religion. It is illegal to kill a cow, and doing so is punishable by seven years in jail. As we were visiting the dairy cooperative, we also learned about co-ops. Co-ops are popular in India in fact, the three largest coops in the world are in India.
| Bulk milk delivery trucks. Drivers of all kinds of products|
elaborately decorate their trucks.
|A few of the products we tasted.|
|Billie Clanton and Matt Dybedahl sampling Lassi, a sweet, cultured |
milk drink that is quite common in India.
|Jennifer Henrie checking out the Ghee, a clarified |
butter popular throughout India for cooking.
|Kyle and Derick reading labels of a cultured milk product.|
After lunch we visited the National Bank for Agriculture andRural Development (NABARD). NABARD is a government agency that helps small farmers obtain operating loans. They started in 1982 and have expanded their services over the years to encourage rural development in India. Their vision is to “Develop Bank of the Nation for fostering rural prosperity”. They have an office in every state, and 423 one-man offices in each region. The one-man office plays an important role at the ground level in developing budgets for the entire district. They offer loans, credit cards, training opportunities, youth development, policy development, rural infrastructure development, and farm producer organizations (similar to coops). Our view was that they were similar to the Farm Credit Administration and USDA.
|Very interesting discussion with these men regarding their lending and development programs.|
|Adam Schindler and Brian Gilbert had a lot of good questions for NABARD.|
We spent the evening debriefing around the pool about our first days in India. Tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. we head to New Dehli!