Gangtok, June 24: (IPR) Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma visited Sikkim Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd. (SCMPUL), Tadong, 5th Mile, today. He thoroughly inspected Milk Processing Infrastructure and its various units including Butter & Churpi Unit, Ice cream unit, Curd unit, Milk Processing Unit, Cold storage, laboratory, packaging section, Distribution point, Refrigeration Unit, Boiler unit, Effluent Treatment Plant. Minister also saw demonstration of kit for detection of Adulterants in milk and stressed to ensure quality products to the consumers. He also expressed his concerns over the report of coagulation of milk and instructed concerned officials to sought out the actual cause of curded and coagulation of milk.
The Hon’ble Minister was accompanied by the Secretary Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services Dr Kumar Bhandari, Director Dairy Dr. BM. Chettri, General Manager SCMPUL Shri SK Pradhan, Joint General Manager Ms. KD Barfungpa, Dy General Manager Dr. NK Pradhan, Officials and others.
After his comprehensive visit to the Milk Processing Infrastructure, Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a coordination meeting with the officials of Animal Husbandry and Milk Union. Hon’ble Minister advised officials to take initiatives to encourage Milk Producers for surplus production of milk so that their economic status will be uplifted and reformed. He advised to generate massive awareness to convince people towards dairy farming. Further he articulated an example and urged to adopt concept of cluster farming and model village in every district . Speaking on the issues of existing difficulties Minister Lok Nath Sharma expressed his strong desire to have more discussions and consultations to address the impediments and constraints for fruitful output.
Further, Hon’ble Minister exchanged his views to avail required cattle feed, enhancement in quality and quantity of milk production etc.
Earlier, General Manager Shri SK Pradhan briefed on composition of Board of the Union, procurement inputs, plant operations, marketing, administration, Milk collection and Cooling facilities distributed to societies. Secretary Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services Dr Kumar Bhandari also came out with his invaluable inputs to attract milk sellers of unorganized sector to the Milk Union.
The officials expressed happiness and extended their gratitude to the Hon’ble Minister for his visit. He was accorded warm welcome by the officials of Milk Union led by the General Manager.