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Milk board plans white revolution

- Officials to meet CM at function today

Guwahati, Dec. 9: The National Dairy Development Board will aid Assam to usher in white revolution in the state.

A source said board officials would meet Assam government officials, including chief minister Tarun Gogoi, at a programme organised by West Assam Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Limited (Wamul) on its premises in Panjabari here tomorrow.

Gogoi will inaugurate an automatic curd filling and sealing unit during the function.

Three women milk traders will also be felicitated at the programme.

“There was a request by the Assam government to the board to develop the milk sector and we have agreed to provide all technical help. Nine districts have been selected,” the source said.

Assam’s milk production in 2005-06 was 747,000 tonnes, which has increased to 791,000 tonnes in 2010-11 but it is still less than 1 per cent of milk production in the country.

The per capita availability in the state is only 71gram per day, which is far less than the national-level availability of 281gram.

The source said the plan would include everything, which was required to increase milk production in the state.

The dairy development department is providing thrust on the programmes to enhance the milk production in the state and projects that would benefit the rural dairy farmers for economic development through self-employment.

In fact, the board has been successful in putting back Wamul, which was its first major engagement in the milk sector, on track. After taking over its management in 2008, the board helped Wamul to reorganise its milk procurement activities through formation of milk trader and producer institutions.

The local milk procurement has increased from nearly 800 litres per day to 20,000 litres per day from around 6,000 members in about 100 villages of Kamrup, Nagaon, Morigaon, Nalbari and Barpeta districts.

The board also positioned key manpower, including , and undertook a study of marketing operations of dairy and cattle feed plants.

It also carried out comprehensive training for the union employees covering all the functional areas and provided a rehabilitation assistance of Rs 5.41 crore, which was approved by the Centre.

In order to expand the milk procurement activities, Wamul has commissioned two bulk milk coolers of 2,000-litre capacity at Changsari and Pathsala and also plans to install a 5,000-litre capacity cooler at Amlighat by the end of December.

The daily sale has extended to Jorhat, Nagaon, Morigaon, Goalpara, Rangiya, Nalbari, north Guwahati, Bijoynagar, Chamata and also defence services.

The average per day sale was about 1,800 litres in 2007-08, which has reached to 32,700 litres in 2011-12.

There has also beenfinancial improvement after the board took over.

In May 2008, Wamul had a monthly turnover of Rs 6 lakh, while it has crossed Rs 401 lakh in October this year.

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