The model dairy plant for milk processing and bottling of the Malabar Regional Cooperative Milk Producers Union campus at Peringolam near Kozhikode | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, the Malabar Regional Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union under Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) produces the best quality milk in the country. Milma chairman KS Mani said that the dairy farmers in Malabar produce the highest quality milk in the country and the operations of Milma in Malabar have resulted in this achievement.
The microbial load in the milk is determined through Methylene Blue dye Reduction Test (MBRT), in which methylene blue is added to the milk sample and the time required for the discoloration is measured. The disappearance of the colour of the dye in a long time indicates the high quality of the milk. The average MBRT of milk collected from the Malabar region has hit 204 minutes in the financial year 2021-22. Milma intends to increase the MBRT to 236 minutes in the next financial year, said the chairman.
Karnataka and Punjab secured second and third positions with an average MBRT of 190 minutes and 180 minutes, respectively. The MBRT of milk collected from other states are: Tamil Nadu- 80, Andhra Pradesh- 30, Gujarat- 90, Himachal Pradesh- 60, Maharashtra- 60, Manipur- 60, Meghalaya- 120, Bihar- 60, Jammu and Kashmir- 90, Nagaland- 60, Odisha- 60, Rajasthan- 120, and Sikkim- 60.
The financial support extended to the dairy farmers to ensure welfare and improve the quality of milk turned out to be a success, said chairman KS Mani. Milma dispensed Rs 1041.47 crore as milk price to the dairy farmers in Malabar in 2022-23. In addition to this, Milma funded Rs 7.79 crore for the dairy farmers’ welfare fund, dispensed Rs 7.65 crore as fodder subsidy, and distributed Rs 29.16 crore as additional milk price. Rs 15.01 crore was given away for the group insurance of dairy farmers and insurance scheme for drop in milk yield due to exceeding temperature in the summer season. In the previous financial year, the Malabar regional union set a record by providing Rs 1101.08 crore for the dairy farmers in the region, reported the chairman.