KMF to provide milk powder to 20 lakh anganwadi kids

Surplus production forces Federation to look at new markets

The Karnataka Milk Federation will supply skimmed milk powder (SMP) to over 20 lakh anganwadi children in the age group of six months to three years, and to five lakh adolescent girl children identified by the Department of Women and Child Development.

The Federation will supply 1,000 metric tonnes of SMP per month from December till March to anganwadi children across the State and an additional 60 metric tonnes of milk powder to malnourished children aged between three and six years in Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Bellary and Koppal districts, KMF managing director Harsh Gupta said on Friday.

With a record surplus milk production — 52 lakh kg per day, an increase of 18 per cent compared with the previous year’s 14 lakh kg per day— KMF is forced to boost the domestic milk offtake by identifying new markets, outlets and implementation of government welfare schemes, Gupta told journalists here.

As incentive

To scale up the sale of milk in the market, a scheme has been proposed wherein milk agents will be paid Rs two per litre as incentive for a targeted sale in Bangalore, and Re one per litre in other markets. To improve the thickness and taste of curd, the content of SNF (solid not fat) has been increased to 9 per cent from 8.5 per cent without altering the selling price, he said.

With the delay in banning the export of milk products and simultaneously ordering import of SMP, there was a surplus stock of nearly 2,000 metric tonnes of old SMP produced during January-April to be disposed of. The State government has helped KMF in disposing of SMP by subsidising 50 per cent of the loss accrued due to fall in the price.

Reprocessing charges of the old stock of SMP are also being reimbursed, Gupta said. In cases where milk powder needs to be reprocessed, the government would bear the cost at Rs 25 per kg.

Dairy farmers

Gupta said KMF would disburse the pending payment of Rs 165 crore to dairy farmers within 10 days.

“We will avail a loan of Rs 125 crore at an interest of 10.5 per cent. KMF will pay four per cent nterest and the government will pay the rest,” he said. The remaining Rs 40 crore will be paid by the Kolar and Mysore Milk unions, he said.

KMF chairperson G Somashekhar Reddy accompanied Gupta during the media conference.

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