June 29, 2011

Banas Dairy launches new plant


The third milk processing plant of Banas Dairy, also known as Banas District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, was opened by chief minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (June 28).
With the inauguration of this plant, it has now become the largest dairy in cooperative sector with manufacturing capacity of eight lakh litres per day liquid milk processing, 40 tonnes per day (MTPD) for butter and 50 lakh kilogrammes per day for ice cream.
"With the hard work of women folk of north Gujarat, Banas Dairy's total turnover has gone up to over INR2,200 crore (US$488 million) from INR400 crore (US$88.9 million) in 2003," the chief minster said.
The plant has been built by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at an estimated cost of INR100 crore (US$22.2 million) and would operate on turnkey basis, said dairy chairman Parthi Bhatol, who is also the chairman of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF).

"Modi also laid the foundation for a milk powder plant project being built by NDDB that will process 100 MTPD of powder. The new plant is being designed to manufacture dairy whitener and shall operate continuously and will cost around INR150 lakh (US$333,237)," said dairy's managing director Sangramsinh Chaudhary. NDDB chairperson Amrita Patel also lauded the progress of the dairy.

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