State will achieve self-sufficiency in milk production within a year, said Rural Development and Dairy Development Minister K C Joseph on Sunday.

The minister was speaking after inaugurating the silver jubilee celebration of the Malabar Milma Employees’ Union.

He said the success of government-sponsored programmes and schemes for dairy farmers was fast closing the demand-supply gap.

Kerala has set an example to the country in dairy development, the Dairy Development Minister said.

“Milk production received one of the highest funding among government schemes,” he said.

Joseph said the government raised the procurement price of milk by Rs 13 in three phases in the past five years to help dairy farmers in the state.

The minister said that the self-sufficiency which has been achieved by Milma in the Malabar region substantially reduced the dependency of Kerala on ‘less nutritious’ milk from other states.

Milma Products
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The Minister said he had directed Milma to sent surplus milk in the Malabar region to Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram areas.

The Minister said the pension hike to Rs 750 brought a huge relief to dairy farmers adding Milma should ensure the quality of its value-added products.

MLA E Chandrasheraka, who presided over the function, inaugurated the ice-cream defreezer at the dairy.

Freezer, mediclaim insurance and financial aid were distributed to women from the scheduled tribe communities during the silver jubilee celebration of the Malabar Milma Employees’ Union.