Bhubaneswar: The Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (OMFED) on Saturday signed an agreement with National Dairy Development Board for the establishment of a modern 5 lakh litre per day dairy plant in the state.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a workshop on “Role Of Livestock Sector for Improving Livelihood, Food Security and Safety” organized by Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department.
“The milk processing capacity of OMFED will be enhanced from the present level of 6.4 lakh litres per day to 12 lakh litres per day,” said the Chief Minister.
OMFED also launched two new products-Vitamin Fortified Milk and Cow Milk-for the overall benefit of over 4 lakh dairy farmers and lakhs of consumers in the state.
Due to persistent and novel initiatives taken by the state government in the animal resource sector, the annual milk production in the state has increased from 45 lakh litres per day in 2009-10 to 56 lakh litres per day in 2017-18, the Chief Minister said.
Distributing engagement orders to 87 livestock inspectors on the occasion, he said, “I am sure you will dedicate yourselves to the development of the Livestock Sector in the State and serve the State for the larger cause of our farming community.”
In the last three years, 224 Veterinary Assistant Surgeon and 688 Livestock Inspector posts have been filled up.