Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Mega Omfed Dairy Plant at Arilo in Cuttack

Cuttack: The Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the modern facility of Omfed Dairy Plant at Arilo in Cuttack district. The dairy plant has a capacity of 5 lakh liters per day. The plant has been inaugurated with the support of the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department of Odisha.

The CM addressed to the public and said that milk production should increase in the State. Keeping this as a goal, Omfed’s will soon increase its storage capacity from 5 lakh liters to 10 lakh liters per day. The State government has set up a milk processing plant with a capacity of 5,00,000 liters per day worth Rs 273 crore. The newly inaugurated Dairy Plant is fully automatic as advance usage of technologies has been done due to which milk can be processed here in a relatively shorter period of time.

According to reports, skim milk powder from 2,00,000 litres of milk per day through this dairy plant can be produced. High quality milk, yogurt, butter, butter milk, lassi, ghee, paneer and flavored milk, etc., will be provided to the people at affordable prices.

The new Dairy Plant will significantly increase the income of dairy farmers and promote the development of the state which will result in far-reaching sales and fair prices. It will benefit about 6,00,000 dairy farmers in the state. The plant will also make milk and dairy products of the world available to the people of our state and country.

The factory is designed in such a way that a large number of visitors, including school and college students, can learn by visiting the activities of this modern diary plaster. On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that the development of cattle-breeding in the state has played a key role in increasing the income of farmers in the last two decades.

The state government has always been involved in the development of farmers and herdsmen. It has been the supporting sector as an important area of ​​growth for farmers, women’s self-help groups and entrepreneurs in the state. The milk production in the state has tripled in the last two decades.

Earlier in 2000, it increased from 8.5 million metric tonnes to 4.7 million metric tonnes in 2010. The government has adopted an artificial insemination program to increase milk production. About 1.5 million cows have been provided with the artificial insemination annually through 100 per cent subsidy. The grass farming is being encouraged to reduce the cost of milk production and increase farmers’ incomes.

Under the Odisha Mukhyamantri Krushi Udyog Yojana, the herdsmen and young entrepreneurs have been given upto Rs 5 lakh subsidy to set up new dairy farms and mixed processing plants.

The state is represented by the Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (OMFED). A total of 263 lakh dairy farmers from the 3,700 dairy producers’ cooperatives are able to sell their produce remotely. Among them, 1.05 lakh are under the 1,292 Women’s Dairy Cooperatives are associated with OMFED.

Currently, OMFED collects about 5,00,000 liters of milk daily. The milk collected by OMFED gets cooled at 405 cooling centers in the State. Thereafter, the milk gets processed and shipped to 13 plants. The dairy farmers are being paid once every 10 days by OMFED.

Through this modern Dairy Plant, the dairy farmers of the state can get a fair price by selling their products to OMFED.

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