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Bihar’s annual milk production up by 14 lakh litres since 2005

 

Bihar milk sector: state of splash

Bihar milk sector: state of splash

Biharsharif: Bihar’s annual milk production has gone up by 14 lakh litres since his government has taken charge in 2005, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed recently. The annual milk production, which was four lakh litres, has gone up to 18 lakh, Kumar said here while addressing a function at the Nalanda district after inaugurating an automatic dairy and first tetra pack plant of the state built at a cost of Rs 704 crore. Kumar said that the state government has formulated a 5- year roadmap of Rs 704 crore from 2012-17, for increasing the production, collection and processing of milk.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated the eastern India’s first fully automatic dairy and tetra-packaging project at Biharsharif on Thursday. The ‘Nalanda Dairy’ plant, which has a 4 lakh litres milk processing and 6,600 litres/hour tetra packaging capacity, is of international standard and the need for milk powder in the state as well as in several other eastern and northeastern states will be fulfilled from here, the CM said. He said for now, the milk for the project will be managed from outside but soon Nalanda and adjoining districts will fulfill its need. He said a milk cooperative consisting of Nalanda, Sheikhpura and Nawada will be formed to source milk for the plant.

Announcing a Rs 700 crore loan to the dairy sector, the CM said it would substantially boost milk production in the state and make it self-reliant in the sector. “We had to get processed milk from outside at higher prices but with the Nalanda Dairy, a project of Bihar State milk Cooperative Federation Ltd (COMFED), becoming operational, it would be cost effective,” he said. He appealed to the farmers and entrepreneurs to join milk and fishery sector.

Besides inaugurating the Rs 135 crore Nalanda Dairy project with 30mt powder unit, the CM, through remote, also laid the foundation of seven dairy projects which will come up in Samastipur, Nalanda, Purnia, Munger and Patna district at an estimated cost of Rs 190.26 crore. COMFED chairperson Santosh Kumar Mall, officials of the department and a large number of small dairy owners from across the state were present on the occasion.
 

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