Amul, the brand owned by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union in Gujarat, will open its seventh centralized milk processing plant at Sankrail food park in Howrah, an official said.
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The managing director of Amul Dairy, K Ratham, said, “We have got around 17 acres in the food park from the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation to set up the centralized milk plant.” The work on the plant will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2018, the official added.
Amul is expected to set up the plant at a cost of Rs 200 crore, with an optimum capacity of 15 lakh litre milk per day, the official added.
Amul will manufacture fresh milk products, ice cream and beverages in the plant, he said.
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Presently, the company operates three plants in Kolkata, on a contractual basis, with a total processing capacity of 7,25,000 litre of milk per day, the official said.
With the setting up of the plant, the collection from local diary farmers in Kolkata and its adjoining areas will increase. Presently, the production fulfils just one-third of the total milk requirement.
“We have earmarked an investment of Rs 200 crore. We also plan to set up a spray dried milk manufacturing unit in the same location,” Rathnam told reporters while inaugurating a cattle feed plant of India Dairy Ltd, one of the third party milk packaging units in the state.
He said Amul had emerged as the market leader in milk sales in and around Kolkata. “From 7.5 lakh litres of milk per day, it is projected that the demand will touch 20 lakh litres by 2020,” he said.
The three third-party operators, including India Dairy Ltd, Amul were sending spray-dried milk from Gujarat and procuring the same from local farmers.
With an annual turnover of Rs 4,825 crore in 2015-16, it is projected to be around Rs 5,700 crore in the current fiscal. India Dairy Ltd has set up a 200 tpd cattlefeed plant, meant for farmers in Amul’s fold and also for selling in the market.