In a bid to promote milk-processing industries, the state government has constituted a coordination committee under the chairmanship of the secretary of the micro, small and micro enterprises (MSME) department.
The six-member panel would suggest the areas and specific locations where private entrepreneurs can set up milk-processing units and engage farmers for milk production. The panel would also place before the government proposals to provide subsidies to eligible entrepreneurs. The subsidies would be provided under Orissa Food Processing Policy-2013 and National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP), said sources.
The five other members of the panel are the director of agriculture and food products, the director of animal husbandry and veterinary services, the managing director of Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited (Omfed), the director of industries department, and a representative of the milk-processing industries.