Nandini food products set for S Africa

Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has added another feather in its cap by exporting products to South Africa beginning Monday.

Nandini food products are being exported to South Africa through Vanya Food Exports Private Limited, according to G Somakshekar Reddy, President, KMF. |

Reddy was speaking on the International Milk Day in the City on Monday. “KMF is already exporting products to countries like Singapore and Russia. From today, we will go a step ahead and send them to South Africa too,” he added.

Stating that their target was to cross the mark reached by Amul in the market, he said if the milk production from North Karnataka could also be considered, they would be able to get an additional 40,000 litres and thus go ahead of their competitors.

The present goal was 65 lakh litres each day and added that Rs 13 crore was given to those supplying milk to KMF. KMF’s annual turnover is Rs 9,000 crore, Reddy said.

While the Federation received 50 lakh litres from South Karnataka alone, North Karnataka contributed to just seven lakh litres.

“To encourage the farmers there, he said it was essential to give an additional subsidy of Rs 2 in addition to the existing Rs 4.

Animal Husbandry minister T B Jayachnadra said the money transfer to farmers would be made easier as the State had plans of doing the same online.

He also said there was a need to improve milk production by employing new technologies.

He also said a proposal had been put forth to provide milk under the Ksheera Bhagya scheme for six days a week extending it from the existing three days.

Officials from the KMF, however, said it would not be possible.

Chief Minister Siddaramiah, who arrived three hours late to the function, said presently 57 lakh litres of milk was collected through the milk unions. “We are hoping that in the coming season it will reach 65 lakh litres,” he added.

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