Sangam Dairy run by the milk producers’ cooperative in Guntur, has sought the Government’s permission to export its value-added products to the Gulf countries. The dairy, which registered a turnover of Rs 320 crore in 2011-12, said it is planning to come out with an ice cream product this year.

The co-operative has appointed a consultant to help it prepare a plan for this expansion in business, Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar, Chairman of the cooperative dairy, said.

Addressing reporters here on Wednesday, he said the co-operative had formed groups with some farmers and supplied them quality animals from Haryana. “These animals would give them additional yields. We will bear the cost and deduct from the monthly payments,” he said.

The dairy has 600 milk co-operative societies with a combined capacity of three lakh litres day.

On Monday, N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party President, has launched ‘Sangam Extra Life’ in 200 ml Tetra Pak pouches. The dairy built a production capacity of 40,000 litres a day for this initiative.

Currently restricted to Guntur, Hyderabad and a few other districts, the dairy is hoping to expand its presence across the State. “With the new value-added products and expanded reach, we are targeting to achieve a turnover of Rs 600 crore in the next three years,” Narendra said.

kurmanath.kanchi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 15, 2012)
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