Ravangla, 21 Oct [IPR]: The 24th Annual General Meeting of Sikkim Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Limited (SCMPUL) was held at the Conference Hall of TathagataTsal (Buddha Park) in Ravangla, today.
Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services and Information and Public Relations Departments LokNath Sharma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest in the special presence of Area MLA TT Bhutia as the Guest of Honour.
Present amongst other were Vice-Chairman(SCMPUL) M.S Rai, Managing Director AB Karki, AH/VS Department Director BM Chettri alongwith concerned department officials, shareholders and progressive farmers.
Addressing the gatherings, Minister LN Sharma extended his warm congratulations for its remarkable achievements throughout years since its establishment. Further, commending the dairy farmers' hard work and toil, the Minister announced to celebrate the foundation day of Sikkim Milk Union as the GwalaDiwas.
The Minister encouraged the gatherings to work forward with great enthusiasm and benefit from white revolution to develop rural economy. He also informed that various other upcoming incentives for cash crops likewise 8 rupees per liter milk incentive will be launched in the coming months to ensure the growth of progressive farmers.
He also informed that the State Government is working upon bringing about adequate plans to expand and streamline marketing facilities for the benefit of the dairy along with other farming communities. Further, he stressed to take up farming as an attractive commercial activity for the overall growth of farmers. He also informed that the Government is taking various strategies to improve the performance of the farmers and to make them financially strong. He expressed the fact that farmers are the most hardworking and dedicated person and should be placed in a respected position
MD AB Karki spoke about the significant achievements and progress of activities of the Union. Mr.Meena underlined the turnover of SMU which has grown from Rs.7820. 17lakhs in the year 2018-19 to Rs.8465.79 lakhs in the year 2019-2020 which is a growth of 8.1%. Besides calling attention to the significant achievement in various segments in the current financial year, he said that there has been the tremendous increase in the procurement of milk from various dairy collection societies located in the east, west & south district of Sikkim.
He also spoke on the upcoming business models to avoid plastic packaging in executing milk deliveries and other plans such as installation of vending machines in bazaar areas for sustainable use. Furthermore, he explained about budget and business development plan for 2021 and its growth plans. In addition, exposure trips and training for shareholder in modern techniques were also discussed with the gatherings.
The program also saw felicitation to the Chief Guest Minister, LN. Sharma for his immense love and dedication towards the upliftment of farming communities. The Chairpersons of all registered MPCS were also felicitated through the Chief Guest present. Prizes were also distributed to the top milk cooperative societies and Top 3 farmers of East, West and South district registered under Sikkim Milk Union.