Updated: August 06, 2017
"In West Bengal dairy is growing at just two to three per cent against a national average of five per cent, despite the fact that the state has everything from raw material to demand," R S Sodhi, Managing Director of GCMMF, owner of Amul brand told PTI.
What is required is organizing dairy farmers and procurement of milk processes and Amul is keen in hand holding the state government in offering know-how and technical support to increase yield, he said.
The state produces five million tonnes of raw milk against a demand of 10-12 million tonnes.
Amul has already firmed up to set up a centralized milk processing plant on a 17-acre plot at Sankrail food park in Howrah from West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.
"We will have the plant ready in the next one year, " Sodhi said.
The proposed plant will manufacture UHD milk, yogurt, and ghee, besides normal milk.
Amul in a tie-up has set up a 200 tpd cattle feed plant meant for farmers in Amul's fold and also for selling in the market.
Meanwhile, Indian Dairy Association Chairman (east) R Chattopadhyay said an international dairy conference would be held in Bengal in 2019 to bring the state into focus.
Source: The Times of India