Bhubaneswar, Sept.26: The Odisha State Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation (Omfed), a government-run organisation, has launched sugar-free products for diabetic patients.
While sugar-free sweet curd and vanilla ice cream had made entry to the market earlier, two other products - probiotic curd and gold premium milk - were introduced recently by the co-operative body.
An Omfed official said the price of sugar-free sweet curd had been fixed at Rs 15 for 100 grams and that of the sugar-free vanilla ice cream was Rs 15 for a 100-gram cup.
Besides, half-litre poly pack of gold premium milk will be sold at Rs 20 and a 100-gram cup of pro-biotic curd will cost Rs 10.
The officials claim that the probiotic curd will boost the immune system and help in digestion.
"The gold premium milk contains 4 per cent of fat and 8.5 per cent of solids-not-fat (SNF). The new sugar-fee products have been launched keeping an eye on market demand, and we are also planning to launch mango sweet curd, mango candy ice cream and pista kulfi soon.
"Altogether 500 Omfed parlours will also be set up in the state," said Omfed managing director Vishal Gagan.
At present, two varieties of milk - premium milk and toned milk - are available in the market.
This apart, the co-operative society is also manufacturing several flavours of ice cream, curd, paneer, ghee and other milk products.
The daily collection of milk by the co-operative society is five lakh litres with 2.82 lakh registered farmers across the state. Besides there are 12 diary-processing and manufacturing plants in the state managed by the federation.
The society is also planning to set up another major plant near Barang in Cuttack district.
"While the capacity of all existing 12 plants is 5.25 lakh litres, that of the proposed plant in Cuttack will be five lakh litres. The government has already allotted 51 acres for the plant, and work will start soon after roping in a consultant," said an Omfed official.