Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday disclosed that there is a deficit of 50 to 60 per cent in milk production in the State.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Milk Collection Centre of the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Cooperative Society Ltd. at Umlyngka, Upper Shillong, Sangma called upon local dairy farmers to meet the market demand for milk in the State.
The infrastructure was funded under the Chief Minister’s Special Rural Development Fund (CMSRDF) and Special Rural Works Programme (SRWP) scheme with a project cost of around Rs. 37 lakhs.
The new building has a chilling unit and testing facilities to maintain quality checks of the milk collected at the centre.
Underlining the important role of dairy cooperative societies in making the State self-reliant in milk production, the Chief Minister said that close to 2.5 lakh metric tons of milk is required and more than 50 to 60 per cent is not available which means there is a huge market within the State of Meghalaya itself.
Community and Rural Development Minister, Hamletson Dohling, said that the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Cooperative Society which has been in existence for the past 32 years is a role model for other cooperative societies in the region and its success is a great example and an encouragement for others to take up dairying.
Chairman of the Shillong Milk Union and founding member of the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Cooperative Society, P. R. Kharbteng gave a brief overview of the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Cooperative Society Ltd.
The Umlyngka Primary Milk Producers’ Co-operative Society is one of the first Dairy Co-operative Society in Meghalaya formed in 1990, with an aim to encourage dairy farming in the village and to improve the livelihood of the villagers.
The Society produces more than 4,500 LPDs with 120 active dairy farmers contributing to the production of the said amount of milk.
The individual farmer brings the milk produced at his farm to the co-operative which is then processed and marketed through the East Khasi Hills District Co-operative Milk Union Ltd., Shillong.
The Umlyngka Primary Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society has its own Bulk Milk chilling Unit and Road milk Tanker provided through a central sector scheme under the National Programme of Dairy Development (NPDD).
The Meghalaya Milk Mission scheme has also contributed to the growth of each farmer through the Co-operative Societies across the village.
The Umlyngka Primary Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society has now increased its production of milk through the Meghalaya Milk Mission scheme.