Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of modern dairy and ice cream unit at the Verka Milk Plant in Bathinda.
Giving information in this regard here today, the chairman of Milkfed, Amarjit Singh Sidhu said the new plant was being constructed at a cost of Rs 30 crore and it would be ready by November 2016.
Congratulating the milk producers at the event, the Union Minister announced that the Centre government would provide all possible help for the project.
She said the setting up of the plant would not only provide people with premium quality of ice cream but would also fetch handsome milk price to the dairy owners.
The chairman said the present capacity of the plant was 1 lakh litre per day, which was being augmented to 2 lakh litre per day. Besides, 250 auto-milk collection centres will be put up in villages, wherein the milk producers will get result of milk testing on the spot, it will bring transparency to the system and all the cooperative societies will be linked together through internet.
In order to maintain the right quality of milk, 16 bulk milk cooling centres are being installed in cooperative societies so that the milk procured is cooled as soon as possible. Besides, 78 buildings are also being constructed for cooperative societies.
The chairman also formally launched ‘jeera raita’ and ‘shahi dahi’ products of the Milkfed.
CPS Sarup Chand Singla, Deputy Commissioner Dr Basant Garg and many senior officials of different departments were present on the occasion.