Animal Husbandry Minister inspects Sikkim Milk infrastructure

Gangtok, 24 Jun (IPR):

Minister for Animal Husbandry,Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services, Lok Nath Sharma visited Sikkim Cooperative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. (SCMPUL),Tadong, 5th Mile, today.

He thoroughly inspected the Milk Processing Infrastructure and its various units including Butter & Churpi Unit,Ice cream unit, Curd unit, Milk Processing Unit, Cold storage,laboratory, packaging section, Distribution point, Refrigeration Unit, Boiler unit, Effluent Treatment Plant.

The Minister also sawdemonstration of kit for detection of Adulterants in milk and stressed to ensure quality products to the consumers. He also expressed hisconcerns over the report of coagulation of milk and instructed concerned officials to sought out the actual cause of curded and coagulation of milk.

The Minister was accompanied by the Secretary Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services, Dr Kumar Bhandari, Director Dairy, Dr. BM. Chettri, General Manager SCMPUL, SK Pradhan, Joint General Manager, KD Barfungpa, Dy General Manager, Dr. N K Pradhan, Officials and others.

After his comprehensive visit to the Milk Processing Infrastructure, Minister, Lok Nath Sharma chaired a coordination meeting with the officials of Animal Husbandry and Milk Union. Minister advised officials to take initiatives to encourage MilkProducers for surplus production of milk so that their economic statuswill be uplifted and reformed.

He advised to generate massive awareness to convince people towards dairy farming. Further hearticulated an example and urged to adopt concept of cluster farming and model village in every district. Speaking on the issues of existing difficulties Minister Lok Nath Sharma expressed his strong desire to have more discussions and consultations to address the impediments and constraints for fruitful output.

Further, Minister exchanged his views to avail required cattle feed, enhancement in quality and quantity of milk production etc.Earlier, General Manager, SK Pradhan briefed on composition of Board of the Union, procurement inputs, plant operations, marketing,administration, Milk collection and Cooling facilities distributed tosocieties.

Secretary Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries andVeterinary Services, Dr Kumar Bhandari also came out with hisinvaluable inputs to attract milk sellers of unorganized sector to theMilk Union.

The officials expressed happiness and extended their gratitude to theMinister for his visit. He was accorded warm welcome by theofficials of Milk Union led by the General Manager.