Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday approved setting up of a mega dairy plant with a handling capacity of 5 lakh litres of milk per day involving an investment of nearly Rs 75 crore at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib district.
While reviewing the progress of Milkfed, the chief minister was apprised that the upcoming ultra-modern dairy plant would process the milk procured from the local milk producer unions into the long-shelf-life homogenised milk.
The new dairy plant would also process the surplus milk available from other milk plants in the state and it would also house an automatic ‘paneer’ plant.
Badal said it was high time to focus attention on the development of the dairy sector in order to help the farmers by supplementing their income from dairying.
In order to bring far more efficiency in the functioning of Milkfed, the chief minister also gave nod to start fresh recruitments as well as undertake campus recruitments to infuse fresh talent in the organisation and to overcome the shortage of the staff with a view to achieving optimum utilisation of the milk plants in the state.
The chief minister also emphasised the need to explore ways to primarily focus on the procurement and marketing of milk and milk products to enhance its profitability.
Badal also approved to introduce special line of desi cow breeding so as to market its milk and milk products, which were in huge demand both in the domestic as well as in international markets.