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 Kerala Looking at National Dairy Development Board for Imported Milk Powder  

Kerala has been trying out pasteurized milk ATMs (Any Time Milk Vending machines) in the state capital, faced with milk shortage because of rise in consumption. For bridging the gap between demand and production, the state government’s flagship dairy Milma has knocked NDDB (National Dairy Development Board) doors for imported milk powder. Last year, Milma had picked up 600 tons of milk powder and 20,000 liters of milk from Maharashtra. Apart from the unavailability of transporting a perishable product like milk through the distance of Maharashtra to Kerala, this year the state also got cold-shouldered by the dairies in the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. There is also an immediate issue of milk farmers demanding higher prices from Milma. Because of the forthcoming Assembly elections, the state is reluctant to announce a price hike. Of the 67 lakh liters of milk production per day, Milma alone produces 21.3 lakh liters. But the demand has soared resulting in about 12% daily shortage in milk supplies.

Kerala, adjudged a long-time laggard in per capita milk availability (scoring 272 gm per day), however, is mending its dairy ways. The state has started work on setting up three hi-tech dairy farms at a cost of Rs 32 crore, to add to its 22 major dairies (12 cooperatives and the rest in the private sector). Last year, the state Livestock Board has even imported French bovine breeds that yield 60 liters of milk per day.

To buoy the 7.77 lakh milk farmers, Milma milk prices have been revised to Rs 23 per liter last year. The milk-short dairy cooperative is proud of foraying into the country’s first milk ATM , through its pilot project in Kochi. This was set up in March 2010, even before similar initiatives in Delhi.

Source: India’s First and Beverage News


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