Govt eyes to double J&K's milk production by 2024

In an attempt to make state self sufficient in milk production and provide livelihood to people, J&K Government is eyeing to double the milk production of the state by 2024. 

Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Asghar Hassan Samoon said this on Wednesday during the annual general meeting (AGM) of Jammu & Kashmir Milk Producers’ Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL).

Besides hundreds of farmers, the 15th Annual General Meeting of JKMPCL was also attended by Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (Amul), RS Sodhi, chairman JKMPCL board, Ashok Kumar Angurana, Mission Director J&K State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Abdul Rasheed War.

Around 400 secretaries of Village Dairy Cooperative Societies from Jammu & Kashmir participated in the event.

Farmers associated with JKMPCL at the occasion also reiterated their resolve for doubling the production in the state. Samoon talked about importance of bringing new reforms to reach the goal of doubling milk production in the state.

“In order to achieve our goal by next 5 years, we will be going for breed improvement and introduction of new breeds of livestock. Our department is also planning to set up new diaries to reach the goal,” AsgarSamoon said.

“There is need of training and better facilities for farmers so that they benefit from their business. Our department is already performing lakhs of artificial inseminations and more is needed to be done in that regard,” he said, adding, that government will give all possible help including hundred percent health cover to livestock of farmers.

While talking to Greater Kashmir on the side lines of event, MD Amul appreciated the work and growth of farmers through their collaboration with JKMPCL and Amul.

“Amul will be there to give training and marketing guidelines to farmers of Kashmir. We will make sure to provide a good business model to farmers so that they can get a good price for their work,” Sodhi said.

“Around 20,000 farmers are working together under JKMPCL which is a huge number. We will increase collection of milk by giving a good price to farmers and by exploiting villages which are not properly utilised till now,” he said.

Chairman JKMPCL while addressing the general body dwelled upon the achievement and goals of JKMPCL.

“When we met the last time, Dairy Industry was going through turbulence due to bad international market. We have overcome all these challenges and set a path for profitable growth of JKMPCL,” Angurana said

“Due to modernization of the manufacturing facilities, we have been able to start packing of pouch milk under the brand name of  “Amul”  in Jammu from last year.  The retail market of pouch milk touched around 12000 litres per day and gaining confidence in the market in Jammu region,” he added

He said that during the year 2018 – 2019, JKMPCL has procured 101.85 lakh kilograms of milk from 19 milk routes covering 270 Village-level Milk Producer’s Cooperative Societies in the Kashmir region and 21 milk routes covering 240 Village-level Milk Producer’s Cooperative Societies in the Jammu region while paying ?2910.41Lakh as price for milk. Chairman further expressed that JKMPCL envisages becoming Rs 200 croreorganisations by the year 2025.