Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu recently announced plans to set up state-of-the-art milk processing plant at Dagwar in district Kangra in collaboration with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The milk processing plant would be set up at a cost of about Rs 250 crore and NDDB’s assistance would be taken in its operation to marketing.
The Chief Minister said that the capacity of the Dagwar plant would range from one lakh litre to three lakh litre, in which high quality products of milk would also be prepared. He said that the Congress party in its ‘Pratigyapatra’ has promised to buy cow’s milk at Rs 80 per litre and buffalo’s milk at Rs 100 per litre from the farmers and the State Government was moving towards fulfilling this promise. The plant at Dagwar would benefit the farmers of Kangra, Hamirpur, Una and Chamba districts and NDDB shall conduct a survey for the milk collection system in these areas.
“The State Government was determined not to use plastic in the packaging of dairy products, so it should also explore alternatives to plastic, so that the climate and air of Himachal could be saved from the polluting ingredients of plastics. About 90 per cent of the population of the state lives in rural areas and animal husbandry and agriculture were closely related to each other. The state government is trying to increase the income of the farmers, for which it is necessary to strengthen the rural economy,” he added.
Meenesh Shah, President, NDDB, said, “I would provide all possible help to Himachal for this mission. NDDB will also provide two consultants at its own cost for the operation of the plant and marketing of milk products.”
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