Talking about its expansion plans in and outside the state,Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF),the maker of Amul brand,its managing director R S Sodhi Friday said it will increase the capacity of milk production in Gujarat from 148 lakh litre per day to 160 lakh litre per day in six months.
With the new dairy farms in Amreli,Surendranagar Kutch,Junagadh and Bhavnagar,the state would see an overall increase of around 12 lakh litre in milk production in six months,Sodhi said.
GCMMF is planning to invest Rs 3,000 crore in doubling its processing capacity for milk products in the next six years.
Speaking on the sidelines of the annual Gujarat SME Manufacturing Summit held in Ahmedabad,he said,All these new dairies will produce around two lakh litre of milk each on a daily basis,while the Bhavnagar dairy will add three lakh litre. The total capacity will be increased by 10 to 12 lakh litres in six months with a total investment of Rs 3,000 crore. GCMMF has also invested close to Rs 400 crore in Mother Dairy,another dairy brand.
Currently,GCMMF has a capacity of producing milk to the tune of 50 lakh litres per day in Delhi,15 lakh litre in Mumbai,8 lakh litre in Kolkata,5 lakh litre in Kanpur and 5 lakh litres in Lucknow.
Speaking about the 10 drought-affected districts in Gujarat,Sodhi said,The drought and scarcity of water in the state has not affected the demand for milk which is soaring everyday. So we will producing as per the demand and are currently not looking at any product diversification and will focus on expanding our footprint and increasing capacity..
Speaking about the much debated Free Trade Agreement (FTA) issue,wherein India and European Union (EU) are still negotiating,Sodhi said Indian Government should not surrender the farmers fate and dairy producers in foreign hands.
The dairy sector in India is subsidised in terms of export and has not seen much growth. A move for FTA could affect the Indian farmers and will be a loss to them. Not many Indian dairy products are exported to Europe due to their stringent regulations. They dont approve our products and there are also many non-tariff barriers and quality parameters that European nations follow which make it tough for us to export there, he said.
In March this year,Sodhi had written a letter to the Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma asking him not to provide any kind of advantage in import duty on dairy products to EU.