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State ranks second in milk production

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Achievement owing to Rs. 250-crore grant from NDDB: Dharam Singh



ONLY GUJARAT IS AHEAD: The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh (centre), and the Minister for Cooperation, R.V. Deshpande (left), during their visit to the milk powder plant at Karnataka Milk Federation's Mother Dairy at Yelahanka, Bangalore, on Friday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

BANGALORE: Karnataka has been catapulted to the second position from the eighth in milk production, the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, announced here on Friday.

He was inaugurating the expansion programme of the Mother Dairy unit of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) at Yelahanka here.

He said the State was second only to Gujarat in milk production, and the achievement is on account of the Rs. 250-crore grant from the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for the growth of dairy farming.

Utilisation of funds

The Chief Minister said the Government utilised the funds to take up expansion of milk, milk powder and ice-cream units in the past six months. The State is producing surplus milk throughout the year, and the Government is planning a joint venture with a Singapore-based firm for processing it. The KMF will start direct export of milk products to a few countries from this year, Mr. Dharam Singh said. The federation has been exporting milk powder to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines through other agencies.

Milk powder production

H.D. Revanna, Minister for Public Works and Energy and KMF Chairman, said the milk powder plant on the Mother Dairy premises at Yelahanka, which was commissioned in November for trial runs, is now ready to produce 30 tonnes of milk powder a day from 3.5 lakh litres of milk. It has been set up to process and convert surplus milk from the Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur, Mandya and Hassan milk unions.

The KMF plans to increase the processing capacity of Mother Dairy. Infrastructure will be built at a cost of Rs. 35 crores to receive, process and convert seven lakh litres of milk daily. The KMF plans to set up a dairy at Whitefield to process milk from Mandya, Tumkur and Bangalore Rural districts, he added. The KMF enjoys a market share of 65 per cent in the State.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, launched "Nandini curds," made from pasteurised toned milk. The Minister for Cooperation, R.V. Deshpande, lauded the KMF's initiatives and appealed to the farmers to utilise the various schemes launched by the Government.

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