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Four milk plants to come up in Punjab

PTI Chandigarh | Updated on May 27, 2013 Published on May 27, 2013

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday gave nod to expansion plan of state-owned Milkfed entailing setting up of four mega milk plants of Rs 250 crore each in the state.

Reviewing the working of Milkfed, the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister said that his aim was to make Verka products as a largest selling brand and that could be realised only by giving a big push to expansion of Milkfed.

He said that the expansion plan would focus on right from encouraging dairy sector, setting up organised dairy farms, reorienting procurement of raw milk, scientific collection and chilling chain, ultra modern milk processing facilities, value addition of milk products and effective marketing network to exploit the brand image of Verka.

Stressing upon the need for strengthening dairy sector from grass root level, Badal also approved a specialised scheme for encouraging women in the dairy sector that would provide subsidised loan to them to set up farms, technical know how for setting up of dairy farms and support to such units by providing veterinary care and farm feed to dairy entrepreneurs.

He asked S K Sandhu, Principal Secretary Cooperative to put up a proposal for giving dairy sector equivalent status of agriculture for the purpose of bank credit.

Approving the setting up of 4 mega milk plants of Rs 250 crore each in the state, Badal said, “we have to increase the processing capacity four-fold and these plants should be of international standards with ISO 9002 specifications.”

Expressing concern over shortage of green fodder especially during summers, Badal said that new diversification plan has a special incentive for the farmers, who would switch over from Paddy or wheat farming to complete fodder farming.

Concerned over low penetration of dairy sector in the rural economy, Badal said that out of Rs 33,000 crore milk markets, the share of organised sector was 30 per cent and out of which Milkfed’s share was only 17 per cent.

Published on May 27, 2013
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