INDIA – In a move towards improving dairy infrastructure, Dr. Meenesh C Shah, President of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has inaugurated a state-of-the-art Bulk Milk Cooler (BMC) at Barhara Dairy Producer Cooperative Committee, Gazipur.

The 3,000-litre capacity BMC, funded under NDDB’s ‘Revitalising Promising Producers’ Owned Institutions’ scheme, promises to enhance the milk collection process for farmers.

Dr. Shah emphasized its benefits, including convenient milk collection, transparent payments facilitated by AMCU, and maintaining cleanliness in milk collection.

The launch event witnessed the presence of Mr. Rajendra Saigal, Managing Director of Dugdh Sangh Varanasi; Mrs. Neema Yadav, President of Badhara Samiti; NDDB officials, and the local farming community.

In another groundbreaking event, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, alongside Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath, inaugurated the ‘Banas Kashi Sankul’ Milk Processing Plant at Varanasi.

During the lauch the Prime Minister noted the crucial role of women in the dairy sector, emphasizing the potential of cattle dung for energy and organic fertilizers.

He reiterated the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Vocal for Local’ and interacted with women dairy farmers about animal husbandry activities.

Dr. Meenesh C Shah, Chairman of NDDB, highlighted the pride in their wholly-owned subsidiary IDMC Limited, which designed, installed, tested, and commissioned the energy-efficient dairy plant, with more than 80% of the equipment being ‘Made in India.’

Meanwhile, during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of GCMMF (Amul), Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated several dairy plants and programs, reinforcing the cooperative dairy sector in the region.

In attendance were Hon’ble Governor of Gujarat Shri Acharya Devvrat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Patel, and Hon’ble Union Minister of Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying Shri Parshottam Rupala, among others.

The unveiled facilities included a state-of-the-art 30 MTPD Modern Cheese Plant and 45 MTPD Whey Powder Manufacturing Plant of Sabarkantha Milk Union, an Automatic UHT Plant of Kaira Milk Union, an Automatic Ice Cream Plant of Kutch Milk Union, and the Dairy Processing Plant in Navi Mumbai of Bharuch Milk Union.

The 30 metric tons Cheese Plant of Sabarkantha Milk Union, with a total cost of Rs. 600 Crore, was set up under the DIDF Scheme of the Government of India, with NDDB playing a crucial role by building the plant and providing a loan of Rs. 480 Crore.

Subscribe to our food and agriculture industry email newsletters that provide busy executives like you with the latest news insights and trends from Africa and the World. SUBSCRIBE HERE