The state government has released Rs 6 crore to three co-operative milk dairies for enhancing milk collection and improving their machinery. Two co-operative societies, Warna and Gokul, are from Kolhapur, while the third is from Sangli district.
Sangli and Kolhapur are known as major milk producing districts with large scale milk purchase on a daily basis.
Sangli-based Yashvant Multistate Co-operative Milk Society Ltd will get Rs 1 crore from the state government under the Centre’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme for milk product development. The dairy had applied for funds to expand its milk product base. The funds will be utilised for the expansion of milk products and purchase of new machinery. In the last financial year, the co-operative society already received Rs 1.99 crore under the RKVY scheme.
Kolhapur-based Kolhapur district co-operative milk producers’ society, popularly known as Gokul dairy, will also get Rs 2 crore. The state government has sanctioned the funds for the modernisation of its plant at Shirgaon village. The total funding for the project is Rs 12.45 crore of which Rs 5.22 crore was disbursed in July 2014 and February this year. The dairy is one of the largest in the state with an annual turnover of Rs 1,200 crore.
The third beneficiary from Kolhapur is Shri Warna Co-operative Milk Society Ltd (multistate), which is setting up a satellite dairy plant in Gadhinglaj. The state government has permitted disbursement of Rs 3 crore for the project. The total funding for the project is Rs 11.54 crore and the state government has now sanctioned the first instalment for the purpose. The group will have to spend additional Rs three crore from its own funds as part of the conditions laid at the time of sanctioning the project. Once the documents about its utilisation are submitted, Rs 8.54 will be released further, according to the government resolution.
Warna dairy has its headquarter in Panhala tehsil, where its sugar factory is also located. As part of its expansion strategy, the dairy has decided to set up a satellite dairy plant where it can collect and process milk from the neighbouring Karnataka. It will not only generate more business for Warna but also widen its reach in the district as well as in Karnataka.