Pashu Sandesh, 20 October 2022
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a milk processing and butter plant in Ludhiyana, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday said that, the Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited (Milkfed) which sells milk products under the Verka brand, will augment its milk supply to Delhi from 30,000 litres a day to 2 lakh litres a day and will also open its outlets in the national capital.
The chief minister said the state government has inked an agreement with the Delhi government for the opening of Verka outlets at every nook and corner in the national capital. The move is aimed at extending maximum support and the best prices to the dairy farmers of Punjab. Mann said he has asked Milkfed to further launch an aggressive marketing campaign to capture a sizable chunk of the consumer market not only in the state but across the country and even abroad.
Giving details about the newly inaugurated plant here, Mann said it has been built at the cost of Rs 105 crore. Its milk processing capacity is 9 lakh litres and its butter handling capacity is 10 metric tonnes per day.
Speaking on the lumpy skin disease issue, Mann said the state government had sent a detailed list of the cattle wealth that fell prey to this disease to the Centre. He said the state government will raise the issue of compensating the farmers who have lost their cattle due to this disease with the Union government.