Kattappana's own White Revolution
Kattappana: Milma's Kattappana dairy created history by distributing Rs. 170 crore to the dairy farmers along with another Rs. 5 crore in incentives in 2016-17. Milma, through the Rs. 16 crore it received as a part of the Centre's Idukki package, installed around 30 milk coolers in the small dairy collection cooperative units in the district.
These units collect around 67,000 litres of milk for Milma everyday. This is apart from the 7,500 litres supplied by the farmers themselves. This is a quantum leap from the 20,000 litres the diary was receiving until the renewal through the central package. Apart from enhancing the storage capacities to one lakh litres in the main unit, the smaller collection units have also seen a five-fold increase in milk production.
Two tanker lorries have been plying the different regions of the district for Milma. Earlier the milk collected by the unit at Kattappana used to be transported to Ernakulam for cooling and storage. Before the expansion of its capacity it was common to incur huge losses with milk perishing on odd days like hartals. This has not only changed but also the unit is marketing 35,000 packets of milk and 2000 packets of curd everyday. The excess stock is shipped to Ernakulam.
The entire lot of the milk sold in the district is procured and packaged locally. The unit at Nirmala city has more than 20 employees working in three shifts. The unit also ensures equitable profits devoting 80% of the earnings to the dairy farmers. The refurbished unit is open to visitors with prior permission.