The Karimnagar Milk Producer Company Limited, albeit Karimnagar Dairy, is reaping riches with the steady increase of milk procurement following the farming community taking up dairy units as an alternate source of income in the district.
Two months ago, the Karimnagar dairy procured only 1.15 lakh litres of milk per day from farmers. Now, it had crossed 1.42 lakh litres of milk per day with more number of farmers providing milk to the dairy. The milk sales reached 1.05 lakh litres per day and the remaining milk is converted into milk powder and other milk products.
As there are no farm activities following drought, farmers are focussing only on the dairy units and securing regular income by increasing milk production and supplying the same to the dairy.
Besides, the dairy had also set a target of increasing its milk procurement to two lakh litres per day and planned to induct more milching animals and help farmers develop fodder in their fields since last one year. The dairy is providing incentive of Rs. 2,000 for milk producer for raising fodder in 10 guntas of land
Dairy managing director V. Hanumantha Reddy said that the dairy had decided to induct 15,000 milch animals by providing loans to farmers.
Similarly, the dairy had also made tripartite agreement with the Karimnagar district cooperative central bank (DCCB) to distribute 10,000 milch animals by providing loans to milk producers.
Dairy chairman Ch. Rajeshwara Rao said that they had set a target of achieving procurement of two lakh litres of milk per day by this year-end. Accordingly, they are updating the machinery to store more milk, he said, and added that they would also increase sale of milk in Hyderabad market and other parts of the State.
He said that they were also planning to open dairy parlours in other important towns such as Vemulawada, Huzurabad, Peddapalli, Godavarikhani, Manthani, Mancherial, Bellampalli, Adilabad and other places.