Jamshedpur, June 1: National Dairy Development Board and Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul) have evinced interest in setting up production centres at Jamshedpur.
Senior officials in the district dairy development department said that both the agencies are looking forward to setting up Jharkhand’s first milk production co-operatives in East Singhbhum.
District dairy development officer Chandra Kumar Singh said agency teams visited the state last week to conduct a ground survey of the state’s production potential.
“During last week’s visit, both teams went around rural areas of East Singhbhum to locate production centres. But, it seems that at least at the beginning both parties would like to rely on Bihar to cater to the needs of the steel city,” said Singh.
The city largest milk supplier, Jamshedpur Dairy, a subsidiary of Sudha Dairy, also depends on cattle owners in Barauni and Aarah (Bihar) for supply.
Though it may be inadequate when it comes to production, the city offers a decent market.
Singh explained that against a demand for 3 lakh litre of milk per day, the city gets just 2 lakh litre.
“While Jamshedpur Dairy supplies 1.05 litres per day, local cattle owners manage to add around 1 lakh litre to the supply. We are looking for a producer to bridge the gap,” said the officer.
The national dairy and Amul together have the capacity to emerge as state’s first milk co-operative that would be able to serve the needs of the entire state.
Besides, to help boost production the East Singhbhum development department has set up 10 artificial insemination centres that come with a helpline.
“We wish to increase production through processes such as artificial insemination. A milk producer can now get in touch with our centre through the phone to talk to our experts,” added Singh.
Milk scarcity in the city has been on the rise every year, especially during the monsoons and wedding season.