Amul to invest Rs 5,000 cr for milk processing unit expansion

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 19, 2015

R. S. Sodhi , Managing Director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation. File Photo   -  BL

Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMFL) has planned Rs 5,000 crore investment for expansion of its own milk processing capacities in the next two to three years.

The makers of Amul brand dairy products will establish 10 new processing units in different regions of the country, said Managing Director R S Sodhi here on the sidelines of 43rd Dairy Industry Conference.

Anand-headquartered GCMMFL is setting up plants in Kolkata, Varansi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Faridabad, apart from five new units in Gujarat.

“The 10 lakh litre per day plant near Kolkata would come up in the next 15 months at a cost of Rs 250 crore. We have already established milk collection net work in the State. We are also bringing in fresh milk from Bihar to feed the three third-party plants in West Bengal,” Sodhi said. These three plants process a total of 7.25 lakh litres a day.

GCMMFL has planned to increase its own processing capacity from 230 lakh litres to 320 lakh litres. Currently it runs 51 processing plants.

He pointed out that Amul has just entered the southern market through an outsourced processing plant in Hyderabad.

In tune with global milk price crash this fiscal, the milk prices in the country remained depressed. “We had our last price hike in May last year. This year prices may rise by around 5 per cent in tandem with inflation,” Sodhi added.

Published on February 19, 2015
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