Organic milk in environment-friendly packets, courtesy Sundarini

The award-winning Sundarini Naturals brand of the State Government is soon going to sell organically-made factory-processed milk on a large scale, packed in environment-friendly easily degradable packets (which can break down easily in soil). The entire process – from rearing cows to producing milk – would be organic, that is, no chemicals would be used.

In an initiative to empower women of the Sundarbans, a cooperative named Sundarban Co-Operative Milk & Livestock Producers Union Ltd. was started in 2015. Its brand was named Sundarini Naturals by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

For its achievement in helping almost 3,000 downtrodden women to fight back in life through the making and selling of cow milk, ghee, honey from the jungles of the Sundarbans, eggs of ducks and hens, moong dal and rice, the National Dairy Development Board recently awarded Sundarban Co-Operative as the best milk cooperative and selected Sundarini Naturals as an ideal model, fit for replication elsewhere in the country.

Every day, 10,000 litres of milk would be packed at the state-of-the-art factory, to be built inside the Kisan Mandi in Mathurapur-1 block in South 24 Parganas. The work of building the plant would be completed by December.

Each pouch would be of 500 ml and would be priced at competitive rates. The initial effort would be to capture a portion of the Kolkata market. Sundarban Co-Operative is in talks with various malls to stock its brands there.

Source: Bartaman

Amul set to invest Rs 200 crore in Bengal

Amul, a brand owned by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union is all set to invest in Bengal. The company will set up a ‘Centralised Milk Processing Plant’ at Sankrail Food Park in Howrah.

The project is worth about Rs 200 crore. Work on the plant would start in 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2018-end. The proposed plant will manufacture UHT milk, yoghurt and ghee besides normal milk.

The Kandua Food Park, at Howrah’s Sankrail, has been developed by WBIDC to cater to the needs of manufacturers and producers of food and agro products, in which dairy is an important inclusion. The Park, built on an industrial cluster concept, is an attempt to bring different agro processing units and their support facilities to a specific location where all users can benefit from shared infrastructure.

According to Food Agriculture Integrated Development Action (FAIDA) report of McKinsey, Bengal is one of the three leading states in India in the food and agro-processing sector.


আমুল বাংলায় বিনিয়োগ করবে ২০০ কোটি টাকা

 কাইরা ডিস্ট্রিক্ট কোঅপারেটিভ মিল্ক প্রোডিউসার্স এর কোম্পানি আমুল বাংলায় বিনিয়োগ করতে চলেছে। তারা হাওড়া জেলার সাঁকরাইলের ফুড পার্কে একটি দুগ্ধ প্রক্রিয়াকরন কেন্দ্র খুলতে চলেছে।
প্রকল্পটিতে আনুমানিক বিনিয়োগ হবে ২০০ কোটি টাকা। ২০১৭ সালে প্রকল্পের কাজ শুরু হয়ে ২০১৮ সালের শেষের দিকে এই প্রকল্পটি সম্পূর্ণ হওয়ার কথা। সাধারন দুধের পাশাপাশি ইউএইচটি দুধ, ঘী, দইও তৈরি হবে এখানে।
সাঁকরাইলের কেন্দুয়া ফুড পার্ক তৈরি করা হয়েছে খাদ্য ও কৃষিজাত পন্য তৈরি ও বিপণনের জন্য, যার মধ্যে ডেয়ারী শিল্প খুব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। এই পার্কটি শিল্পাঞ্চলের আদলে তৈরি করা হয়েছে।
মাকিন্সের রিপোর্ট অনুযায়ী বাংলা এই মুহূর্তে দেশের মধ্যে কৃষি ও খাদ্য প্রক্রিয়াকরনে অগ্রণী রাজ্যগুলির মধ্যে একটি।

WB Govt to take over Mother Dairy Calcutta, name it Bengal Dairy

The West Bengal government has decided to take over the Bengal unit of Mother Dairy also known as Mother Dairy Calcutta. It will now become a government enterprise as per a S tate Cabinet decision.

The employees will now become government employees and the enterprise will be known as “Bengal Dairy”.

Mother Dairy Calcutta which was a State government project, was started under Operation Flood II of National Dairy Development Board in 1974 . It was set up initially to cater to the demand of the Kolkata urban agglomeration spread over the Kolkata Metropolitan area, approximately 852 sq km.

Its aim was to safeguard the interest of rural milk producers by encouraging co-operative movement and marketing the surplus milk available from the villages, thus helping the milk producers to realise their own potential for organized endeavour and the creation of more rural wealth.

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