Mother Dairy Calcutta launches vitamin A & D-enriched milk

Mother Dairy Calcutta has started selling milk fortified with vitamins A and D. The milk is being sold under the ‘Maa Shakti’ brand. Till date, the Maa Shakti brand of milk was fortified with vitamin A only.

Besides general health benefits, vitamin A and D can specifically lead to eradication of night-blindness (nyctalopia) and malnutrition, respectively.

The project was launched recently by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles Departments at the company’s Dankuni unit (near Kolkata). Mother Dairy Calcutta is a State Government-owned company. It was at the behest of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that the Government had taken over the company.

At present, Mother Dairy Calcutta sells around 2.15 lakh litres of milk and 6,000kg of milk products (including buttermilk, yoghurt, paneer, mango pudding and ice-cream) per day, manufactured at its units across Bangla. To cater to the people of north Bengal, Mother Dairy Calcutta had started production and distribution of milk at its Matigara unit in Siliguri.

Source: Millennium Post

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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