Sambalpur: The ice cream plant of the state-run Odisha Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Omfed) is expected to start production before summer this year, said an official.
Omfed is setting up the plant with an estimated budget of Rs 8 crore. The ice cream plant will produce 3,000 liters of ice cream every day.
Manager of the plant – called Sambalpur Dairy – P.C. Jena said, “Expansion work to increase milk processing capacity of Sambalpur Dairy is on. Once this is done, our capacity will double. Work on the ice-cream plant is getting delayed because of the ongoing expansion work. But this work will end shortly.”
Omfed had set a target to make the ice-cream plant functional by 2016. However, the project missed the deadline. The ice-cream plant is being set up under the Centre’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana.
The consumers of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Brjarajnagar, Ib Thermal, Belpahar, Bargarh, Barpali, Binka, Sonepur, Padmapur, Deogarh, Kuchinda, Rairakhol, Burla, Hirakud, Rourkela, Sundargarh, Rajgangpur and other areas of this region will get access to the product after the plant starts production.