Government ropes in Amul to increase state’s milk production capacity to 5 lakh litres per day in 3 years
SRINAGAR: Government has roped in Amul to increase milk production in the State from 50,000 LPD to 5 Lakh LPD of milk in the next three years. At present the state produces 75 Lakh Litres Per Day (LPD) of Milk.
Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam has discussed the prospects of increasing milk production in the State with Managing Director Amul, Mr. R.S. Sodhi and representatives of the Jammu and Kashmir Milk Producers Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL).
The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Dr Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan and other senior officers.
“We are looking for rapid and massive expansion in milk production in the next 2-3 years for which Amul with its unique experience can provide the much-needed guidance to the J&K Government in formulating a Milk Production Expansion Plan” Chief Secretary said.
Managing Director Amul, Mr. R.S. Sodhi spoke about the association of Amul with Jammu and Kashmir and the success story of JKMPCL, which was established in 2004.
He said JKMPCL presently operates at a capacity of 50,000 LPD of milk with 415 Self Help Groups (SHGs), 25000 farmers and 40 milk routes. He said Amul looks forward to working with the State Government in transforming lives of people through expansion of dairy sector and fulfilling the demand of milk and milk products from local production.
After detailed deliberations, it was decided that Amul will prepare a Business Plan for raising capacity of JKMPCL from 50,000 LPD to 5 Lakh LPD of milk production, increase SHGs involved from 415 to 1500, increase farmers involved from 25000 to 1 Lakh and increase milk routes from 40 to 400 in the next 3 years. The Plan will also include steps to be taken by JKMPCL and steps to be taken by State Government to achieve this.