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Meet soon to evolve strategy to market surplus milk

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, JULY 6. A meeting of officials and directors of cooperative milk unions in Karnataka will be convened to chalk out a strategy to market excess milk produced in the State. At present, of the 1.10 crore litres of milk produced in the State every day, nearly 50 lakh litres is surplus milk.

Disclosing this to presspersons here today, the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patil, said the meeting to be held shortly in Bangalore would make efforts to evolve a strategy to market the surplus milk. Though surplus milk was being sent to other States, the prohibitive cost of transportation was affecting milk cooperative unions, he said.

Mr. Mirajuddin Patil said that the production of milk-based products was also not economical as the technology to be used was expensive. The Mysore Milk Union alone recorded a surplus milk production of 1.35 lakh litres a day, he said.

The Minister said he would recommend providing Nandini milk along with midday meals to schoolchildren.

When his attention was drawn to the supply of poor quality milk by private milk dairies, he said that marketing of adulterated milk had not come to his notice.

Severe action would be taken against dairies involved in marketing of poor quality milk, he warned.

On the proposed veterinary university, he said it would come up on a 152-acre campus in Bidar at a cost of Rs. 5 crore. The Vice-Chancellor to the university would be appointed soon, he added.

Mr. Patil announced that the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development had agreed to give Rs. 20 crore for the construction of buildings to house the offices of the Department of Animal Husbandry across the State.

The Minister said that he had taken note of the shortage of medicines at the veterinary hospital in Mysore. Steps would be taken to overcome the shortage, he added.

Earlier, the Minister held a review meeting with the officials of the department as well as the directors of the Mysore Milk Union.

He also paid a visit to the milk dairy.

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