No area should be ignored when distributing collection centers: Navin Choudhary to JKMPCL

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 21: Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary of the Animal / Sheep Breeding and Fisheries Department, today asked the leaders of the J&K Milk Producers Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL) to establish their centers of collection throughout UT.

The Principal Secretary was speaking at a meeting organized to take stock of the implementation of the “National Dairy Development Program (NPDD)”.

The meeting was attended by the directors of the animal and sheep breeding departments of the two divisions, the CEO JKMPCL as well as other officers of the department. Jammu-based officers attended the meeting via video conference.

The principal secretary urged the dairy cooperative to distribute its equipment to dairy cooperative societies (SDCs) on a “first come, first served” basis, without any discrimination in remote areas. He asked them to share with their relevant directors the list of all functional DCS so that their verification could be carried out.

Navin advised officers to consider venturing into valuing milk by making it into chocolates and cheese. He pointed out that the geography and the climate here are favorable for the same.

He also asked them to take advantage of the market-related program “PARVAZ” to export the items on the subsidized freight offered by the government.

Navin further directed officers to include animal and sheep husbandry officers for proper distribution and monitoring of beneficiary selection.

He asked them to coordinate with ministries to make the process efficient and inclusive. He asked them to make the process of collecting milk from households more transparent and honest.

He advised them to prioritize marginal farmers while collecting milk from producers.

The meeting was informed that approximately 821 DCS have been established under the NPDD, comprising 40,000 producer members.

It was further reported that a capacity of 183 TPLD (one thousand liters per day) of milk cooling plants and 150 TPLD dairy plants have been established at J&K under this program.

It was further revealed during the meeting that within the framework of the NPDD, an agenda development project for Kashmir was approved with an expenditure of Rs 646.68 lakhs and for Jammu at Rs 513 lakhs.

These projects included the installation of automatic milk collection systems (AMCS), the purchase of tankers, the installation of new machines and milk analyzers (milkoscan) in these factories.

Likewise, another project for J&K was sanctioned during the year 2018-19. As part of this project, funds to the tune of Rs 2761. 93 lakhs were received with an expenditure of Rs 2150.64 lakhs.

This project has contributed to the improvement of JKMPCL milk factories in Cheshmashahi, Srinagar and Satwari, Jammu, the meeting was informed. It was also announced that the new project sanctioned in 2020 has an expenditure of Rs 109.63 crore, of which Rs 8.97 crore was received by JKMPCL.

The components of the project include the expansion of the Cheshmashahi dairy plant from 50 TLPD to 100 TLPD. It also includes the creation of 50 UHT TLPD bagged milk facilities in Satwari.

It would also finance the expansion of the Dahi and buttermilk factories at both facilities. This new project would also allow the installation of 36 BMCS, 1560 AMCS and the purchase of 18 isothermal vehicles and 12 milk supply vehicles by the JKMPCL.

All non-movable assets would be raised in the unmapped areas so that there are uniform facilities available in all areas of J&K.

Relevant to mention here that all projects are implemented with the central part of 90% and the organizational part of only 10%.

These projects are implemented by JKMSCL to maximize the benefits of milk producers in addition to training them to improve their ability to add value and create gainful employment.

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