| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurates the automatic curd-filling unit of Purabi Dairy at Panjabari on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dec. 10: The city-based West Assam Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Ltd (Wamul) today celebrated Purabi Milk Day by launching two new milk products, inaugurating the automatic curd filling and sealing machine and felicitating three best women milk producers.
This is the first time in its 23 years of existence that Wamul has celebrated Milk Day to inspire milk producers and create a relationship beyond trade.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, after launching flavoured milk and lassi, said he was extremely happy about Wamul’s success story and hoped that it would be able to bring about a white revolution in Assam.
“I hope Wamul will be able to cut down the government’s expenses on healthcare some day. Milk is always good for health. I hope Wamul will continue to provide quality milk and milk products to the people,” he added.
Wamul, popularly known as Purabi Dairy, was commissioned in 1989 with milk-processing and milk-product-making facilities. But myriad problems plagued the milk union in course of time and it became defunct in 2007.
Looking at the importance of Wamul in catering to the needs of milk producers and consumers, the Assam government decided to hand over its management to National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 2008. Wamul has not looked back since and has emerged as one of the strongest milk unions in the country. Starting with 600 litres of milk, it now processes 20,000 litres per day and sells 42,000 litres everyday by procuring milk from outside.
Apart from milk, Wamul markets milk products such as paneer, sweet and plain curd and cream.
Terming Milk Day, which marks Wamul’s 23 years of existence, as “historical”, its management committee chairperson Sangram Chaudhary said, “At the request of the Assam government, the board is drafting an ambitious Assam dairy development plan, which is in its final stage. The plan aims to cover about 8,000 villages in nine districts with an expected outlay of Rs 133 crore. It will not only benefit the milk producers but also improve the socio-economic condition of the people living in the rural areas.” The plan will be presented before the chief minister tomorrow, he added.
Chaudhary also announced the board’s tie-up with LIC to launch an insurance scheme for milk producers associated with Wamul.
Minister for cooperation Siddique Ahmed said the new automatic curd filling and sealing machine, installed at Wamul’s processing unit at Panjabari, will fill and seal 2,400 cups per hour in 200gm and 400gm packs.