Kerala is all set to get a state-of-the-art milk powder factory, at a time when the state dairy sector has faced grave crisis due to a dip in milk consumption after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The state is facing serious crisis due to a drop in milk consumption over the past few months.
Kerala’s Forest and Dairy Development Minister, K Raju said, “It has been decided in principle to form a multi-core milk powder manufacturing facility in the state in association with NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development). A factory for the production of milk powder is really necessary in the southern state at this time when Kerala is heading to self-sufficiency in milk production.”
The Rs 54 crore facility would be set up in northern Malappuram district, under the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation’s (KCMMF) (popularly known as Milma) Malabar Regional Union using NABARD’s infrastructure investment fund.
According to Kerala’s Dairy Development Department, as the state was heading to self- sufficiency in milk production, a milk powder production factory was essential in the southern state. An all-time record had been set in the state by milk procurement through co-operatives and the excess milk has to be powdered and stored.
The idea of having an own milk powder production factory was conceived on the instructions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, The existing milk powder factory in the state has been non-operational for long due to outdated technology.
Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (KCMMF) was formed in 1980 as a state adjunct of the National Dairy Programme ‘Operation Flood’. It is a three-tiered organization. At the grassroots level MILMA has 3315 Anand model primary milk co-operative societies with 9.77 lakh local milk producing farmers as members. These primary societies are grouped under three Regional Co-operative Milk Producers’ Unions.