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Jaipur to have a camel milk plant

The plant will be set up by the end of this financial year.

jaipur Updated: Jan 14, 2018 20:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Vasundhara Raje,Rajasthan news,Saras Dairy
A trader with his camels at the Pushkar Fair. (Reuters file/ Representative image)

Jaipur will soon have a mini plant of camel milk. Rajasthan State Cattle Raiser Welfare Board chairman Gordhan Rainka on Saturday said, with efforts of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, a mini plant of camel milk will be set up on the lines of Saras Dairy, with the help of state government and Saras Dairy in Jaipur.

Rainka said that the plant will be set up by the end of this financial year. “Camel milk tends to lose all its quality if added with cow or buffalo milk.Therefore, a mini plant for camel milk will be set up. The plant will cost Rs 7 crore.

On Jaipur being selected for camel milk plant despite most of the camel population being in western Rajasthan, Rainka said, “Camel milk is high on demand in Mumbai, Delhi and other places in the country and abroad. Since Jaipur has the flights service, the milk can be easily sent to these places.”

He added that bulk milk cooler plants will be set up at seven divisional headquarters- Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur, Kota, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner. After Jaipur, a mini plant for camel milk will be set up at Bikaner too.

Referring camel milk as ‘white gold’, Rainka said that Food Safety Standards Authority of India has given permission to buy and sell camel milk across the country. There is a heavy demand for camel milk as researches have proved that it is useful in diabetes, autism and other diseases.

The board chairman said, for the first time, camel has been declared as state animal and in the light of decreasing number of camels, the government has started awarding Rs 10,000 for every camel calf. The ban on camel trade has been lifted this year, so that camel can be easily purchased.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 20:34 IST