Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir Prof. Nazeer Ahmad inaugurated milk processing plant at Mountain Livestock Research Institute in Ganderbal on Thursday.

The plant has the capacity of 3000 liters with processing rate of 500 liters of milk per hour. The institute is producing 500-800 liters of milk daily at its own and around 2200 liters of milk shall be procured from nearby milk producers for processing purposes. The milk will be available in half kilogram pouches.

This milk processing plant will serve to promote dairy technology skills, entrepreneurship, knowledge and marketing skills through meaningful hands on experience.

It would also promote quality of milk and avoid economic losses to farmers besides manufacturing various milk products to make it available for the domestic market and above all attracting unemployed educated youths to take milk processing unit as profession for employability and livelihood opportunities.

This plant is sanctioned by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New-Delhi under Experiential Learning programme, a project conceived by Dr. Tarun Kumar Sarkar, Senior Scientist In charge of the Institute at Manasbal.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor laid emphasis on workers for maintaining proper cleanliness and hygiene in the plant. He also complimented the Scientist and the staff for this achievement.

Cow breed
                             Cow breed

The institute is engaged to improve elite Jersey cattle through USA germplasm and bull calves are being supplied to Livestock Development Board for breeding purposes to improve milk productivity in Kashmir valley.

Vice-Chancellor desired that all parameters related to hygiene need to be observed in the plant while processing and marketing the product.

Present on the occasion were Director Extension, Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Estates Officer, Associate Director Research (Agriculture) Associate Director Research (Animal Sciences), Heads of the Divisions of the Veterinary Faculty, Scientists of the university, progressive farmers of the district and milk producers.