1. Animal Husbandry

Want to Open a Dairy Farm? Get Loan up to Rs 7 lakh and 33% Subsidy from NABARD

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo

Livestock farming or dairy farming is a profitable business for farmers all over the world. The best thing about animal husbandry business is that there are less chances of loss to the farmers. In addition there are many new scientific methods as well as government schemes that have proved very beneficial for the farmers. In view of this, the government had launched Dairy Entrepreneur Development Scheme (DEDS).

Under DEDS scheme that was started by the Government on 1st September 2010, there is a provision to provide subsidy of up to 33.33% of the total project cost to the person who wants to do animal husbandry business. Under this scheme, Animal Husbandry Department will provide loan worth Rs. 7 lakh for dairy farm with 10 animal unit.

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHD&F), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, is the central department for operating the scheme. The sanction & release of subsidy is subject to availability of finances & adherence of the instructions issued by the DAHD&F, GoI & NABARD from time to time.

Objective of Dairy Entrepreneur Development Scheme

The Dairy Entrepreneur Development Scheme aims at providing employment to the people in the villages as well as to increase milk production in the country. In addition, as soon as the application is approved by the government, a subsidy will also be provided to the person within two days. 25 percent subsidy will be given for General Category while 33 percent for women and SC category. This subsidy will remain in the account of the concerned dairy operator.


Who can apply for DEDS?

  • Farmers

  • Individual entrepreneurs

  • Organizations & firms

  • NGOs

  • Self-help groups, Dairy Co-operative Societies, Milk Unions, Milk Federations, etc.

Pattern of DEDS assistance

  • Under this scheme, a person will get loan worth Rs 7 lakh for 10 animal unit; minimum unit size is 2 animals with an upper limit of ten animals. 25% of the project cost (33.33% for the ST/SC category), as back-ended capital subsidy. Beneficiaries can purchase expensive animals but, the subsidy will be restricted to the above ceilings.

  • For Rearing of heifer calves - Rs 9 lakh for twenty calf unit with an upper limit of twenty calves

  • For buying milking machines or milkotesters or bulk milk cooling units (upto 5000 lit capacity) - Rs 20 lakh

  • For buying dairy processing equipment for manufacture of indigenous milk products - Rs 13.20 lakh

Lending Institutions under the Scheme

  • Commercial Bank

  • Regional bank

  • State co-operative bank

  • State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank

  • Other institutions that are eligible for refinance from NABARD

Documents required for loan

  • If the loan is above 1 lakh, then the borrower may have to mortgage some papers related to his land.

  • Caste certificate

  • Identity card

  • Copy of project business plan

Important things regarding the scheme

A person will have to invest at least 10 percent of the entire project cost. Apart from this, if the project is not completed before 9 months due to any reason, then the project owner will not get benefit of the subsidy. Also, the subsidy given under this scheme will be a back-ended subsidy.

Dairy Entrepreneur Development Scheme Beneficiary List

DEDS Beneficiary List 2020

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