Need for fodder processing unit stressed

Shubham milk and Nandini paneer released

Need for fodder processing unit stressed

 District- in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar releasing Shubham milk in Mangalore.Speaking at the release of Shubham milk and Nandini paneer by the Dakshina Kannada Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd here on Monday, he said farmers should get fodder at cheaper rate. Keeping this in mind, the government should think of setting up a unit in the coastal district. In fact, 25 acre land belonging to Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF ) is available at Koila in Dakshina Kannada, which can be used for the setting up of the unit. The fodder should be prepared keeping in mind the weather condition of the coastal districts, he added.

District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar said that the state government has given emphasis to milk production in the state. Farmers are given Rs two subsidy for one litre milk. Inspite of the demand, the Federation was able to procure only 1.75 lakh litre milk daily.

Keeping in mind the milk production in the State, the government is planning to introduce Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill. The Bill will help in preserving the local breed of cattle as well. The Bill had been passed in both the Houses of the Legislature.

The Minister said the government is planning to hand over gomal land to the KMF for maintenance. In Dakshina Kannada 83 acres of land had already been handed over to the KMF for growing grass for cattle. MLA Yogish Bhat said that a sum of Rs 21 crore is given to the Union in the form of subsidy to be given to the farmers. The district should achieve self sufficiency in milk production. In his introductory remarks, Dakshina Kannada Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation President Raviraj Hegde said that the Federation is selling 2.65 lakh litre milk, 26,000 kg curd in the region. The business turn over was Rs 231.0 crore last year. This year, the target is to achieve Rs 320 crore.

Franchises

He said more and more franchises will be opened in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district in the coming days. The Federation is also planning to enter into an MoU with Indian Oil Corporation to open Nandini outlets in petrol bunks in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.  The mini dairy scheme will also be given priority in the district. The Shubham milk is rich with 4.5 per cent butter fat. It is having 50 per cent more butter fat than tonned milk. Nandini Paneer is available in 200 gram and one kg packets.

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