Now, expect milk technicians at your doorstep
Thrissur: The Kerala Veterinary University has come up with a novel solution to address the shortage of personnel to milk cows. With the new project the expert 'milking technicians' will reach your doorstep with a phone call.
The project has been envisioned as both an empowering income generating option as well as a solution for shortage of personnel. The new milking technicians will reach the homes of the dairy farmers with the automated milking machines on their bikes called the 'Milko Bikes'.
The project, being implemented with the help of the NDDB, will seek to train 100 young men and women who will be able to service at least 25 hoses in a single day. The bike fitted with the milking device with 25 litres storage will be the chief investment made by the milk technicians. The milking machine, which will work using a battery attached to the bike will alone cost around Rs 25,000. The university is already in talks with the Gramin Bank regarding the funding and related logistics.
The milking machines will be sterilised before usage and it will take just 10 minutes to milk a cow. On an average milking with the machine will cost a farmer Rs 650 per month. The Indian Dairy Machinery Company belonging to the NDDB will be in charge of delivering the milko bikes. A team of senior inspection team from Gujarat will come to Kerala in April.
Dr T P Sethumadavan, head of Entrepreneurship in KVU, said the project would ensure jobs and supply of good quality milk. Currently, there are over five lakh milking cows and two lakh of dairy farmers. The university aims to launch the project by June this year. The technical training for the project will be provided by the university. There will also be a common toll free number through which farmers can contact the technicians.