Milk production increases by 3.29 lakh litres; no facility to produce milk powder
Thrissur: The state has attained an increase in milk production. Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) records a surplus stock of 2 lakh litres of milk daily. However, there are no facility to convert this to milk powder here. So, it causes huge expense to take the excess milk to Tamil Nadu to produce milk powder.
According to the statistics of November 2020, the milk societies are procuring 20.83 lakh litres of milk. This was only 17.54 lakh litres in March. So, it is clear that there was an increase of 3.29 lakh litres of milk in 8 months.
Out of the 20.83 lakh litres, 14.68 lakh litres of milk is collected by Milma. During the lockdown, milk sale was reduced to 11.73 lakh litres and now it increased to 13.42 lakh litres. The excess one lakh litre is converted to powder.
Milma chairman P A Balan said that they are planning to set up a plant to produce value added products like milk powder. The plant will have a capacity to produce 10 lakh ton products per day at a cost of Rs 54 crore at Moorkkanad in Malappuram.
The number of cattle increased by one percent in the latest census compared to the figures in 2019 census. The Department of Animal Husbandry officials said that more Gulf returnees are switching to cattle farms and dairy farms as new career option. This also resulted in excess milk production.