INDIA - A new dairy will be set up by Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) in Dharwad, in order to tap dairy farming potential of the region.
Estimates put the North Karnataka investment at $16.5 million, said KMF president P. Nagaraju.
KMF would be setting up a mega dairy in Dharwad district along with a dairy unit that has also been planned in Ramadurg of Belagavi district, a press conference heard.
Mr Nagaraju added that the new dairy would increase milk production in North Karnataka.
Considering the increasing demand for buffalo milk in Bengaluru and South Karnataka, KMF is planning to increase the procurement capacity to 1.2 million liters, as compared to the present 140,000 liters capacity.
To encourage ice cream in the state, KMF would set up 10,000 liters ice cream under Ballari Milk Federation.
On using maize as fodder, Nagaraju said that maize has become a major crop in North Karnataka and the federation has decided to implement programme for using maize for fodder production.
KMF is also in talks with the government for getting approval for purchasing maize directly from farmers for fodder production.
In order to increase cooperative milk societies in the state, KMF is providing a grant of $4000. The federation has plans to set up 50 to 100 cooperatives in every talukas of North Karnataka.
Nagaraju said that the KMF invested $645,687 on a calf nurturing centre to Shahapur in Yadgir district under which calves purchased from cattle market were nurtured and sold back to the farmers at subsidised rates.