• Banas Dairy to set up country’s second 100 MT skimmed milk powder plant
     July 7th, 2010     admin     Posted in Events in Gujarat, Gujarat in News, Vibrant Gujarat Summit

    North Gujarat based Banaskantha District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited, popularly known as Banas Dairy, is all set to house a fully-automatic skimmed milk powder (SMP) manufacturing plant at Palanpur. The proposed plant for which the dairy will invest Rs 125 crore will be the second such milk powder plant in the country that will have daily capacity to manufacture 100 metric tonnes (MT) SMP.

    At present, Gandhinagar-based Mother Dairy, a unit of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets the brand Amul has the distinction of running the only plant in the country that has capacity of manufacturing 100 MT of SMP per day.

    “Now, we will be setting up country’s second such plant at our dairy,” Banas Dairy’s chairman Parthi Bhatol, who also heads GCMMF told TOI, adding that once the proposed milk powder plant starts at Palanpur, the dairy’s total capacity to produce SMP will be over 200 MT per day. At present, combined manufacturing capacity of all dairies of Gujarat put together is 600 MT of SMP per day. “We have received all approvals to set up this plant. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will handle this project on a turn-key basis. While construction of this plant will start soon, we are expecting this plant to become operational next year,” said Bhatol.

    SMP, which is manufactured by drying milk extends shelf life of milk, is not only used for diet preparations or for people on low calorie and high protein diet, but also in preparation of baby food, dairy whiteners or re-constituted milk. GCMMF itself markets Amul Spray infant milk food and Amul instant full cream milk powder, Amulya Dairy whitener, Sagar SMP and Sagar tea coffee whitener.

    “A joint technical team from our dairy and NDDB had, last month, visited Australia, New Zealand and Europe to get technical inputs for the plant. We will be making necessary improvements over our first SMP plant to make the proposed SMP plant more energy efficient, technologically advanced and more flexible so that we can manufacture various powders with much superior quality,” said Banas Dairy’s managing director S R Chaudhary, adding that the district co-operative union which has registered an annual turnover of Rs 2,000 crore is expecting its peak procurement to cross 27 lakh litres per day (LLPD) this year.

    “Our peak milk procurement was 25 LLPD last year, while our present procurement is around 16 LLPD. We are registering a 10% growth over last year and hence we are hoping that our peak procurement would cross 27 LLPD in December-January. With the new plant, we will be able to utilise this surplus milk,” said Chaudhary.