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Karnataka CM lays foundation stone for Mandya’s Mega dairy project

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah laid foundation stone for an automated mega dairy, apart from participating in various development works in Mandya district recently.

The mega dairy, to be located at Gejjalgere near Maddur in Mandya district, will have a processing capacity of 12 lakh litres of milk a day and will cost Rs 227.47 crore. The dairy is expected to augment milk procurement and production capacity in the region, which has been showing an annual growth of 10 per cent. Expected to be completed in 15 to 20 months, the dairy will also help improve farm income.

he milk union has sought financial assistance of Rs 100 crore from the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for the project. It will contribute the remaining amount from its infrastructure fund. According to officials, in case the union doesn’t receive NDDB support, it will proceed by applying for bank loan.

The district procures 8.67 lakh litres of milk a day. The production in Mandya is increasing by around 10% year on year, and the current milk processing capacity is 4.5 lakh litres a day. Between 4 and 5 lakh litres of milk goes for conversion (to manufacture milk powder) and production of milk products. Suresh Babu, managing director, MANMUL, said the project aims to enhance the union’s processing level.

Construction of a mega dairy will explore the potential of Mandya in dairy farming and improve the financial stability of farmers.

The proposed project is expected to be energy-efficient, require limited manpower, and minimise the role of middlemen. It will help the union in getting sophisticated chilling plants and other advanced infrastructure for preserving, processing and packaging.

MANMUL has established 1,174 milk producers’ cooperative societies across the district to collect milk. There are 96,900 milk producers registered as members with these societies.

Mandya Milk Union was registered in 1987. The Product Dairy, Gejjalagere was then managed by Mysore Dairy.  In 1988. the Product Dairy, Gejjalagere was handed over to Mandya Milk Union.

The philosophy of Union is to eliminate middlemen and organize institutions to be owned and managed by the Milk Producers themselves, employing professionals and to achieve  economies of scale to ensure maximum returns to the Milk Producers. The vision of Mandya Milk Union is to grow in to Model Co-Operative Milk Union in India by accomplishing its mission of assuring rural prosperity in the lives of Member milk  producers in Mandya Dist.

The main objective of the Union is to provide assured and remunerative market to all the Milk supplied by the Member – Producers  and also to provide good quality Milk and Milk Products at competitive price to urban and rural consumers.  In order to fulfill these objectives, the Union is constantly engaged in working towards improvements of the business as well as the welfare of the producer members.  This has resulted in greater performance on commercial as well as institutional fronts.

As a part of long term growth oriented development strategy, the Union is expanding rapidly by implementing several infrastructure projects and schemes. Union can play an  important role in assuring rural prosperity in the lives of our Milk Producers during this  millennium.

Mandya milk union having jurisdiction of Mandya District only it covered 7 Taluks, It is one of the leading milk union in the state of Karnataka. At the time of registration the union procurement of milk was 99000 liter per day through 410 dairy co-operative societies now the union is procuring 517779 liter per day through 1064 dairy co-operative societies.

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