Patna, Apr 18 (UNI) Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that his government was making all possible steps to strengthen Bihar State Milk Cooperative Federation Limited (COMFED) in view of huge potential for dairy industry in Bihar.
Addressing the 35th foundation day celebration of COMFED here, Mr Kumar said the collection of milk across the state was only four lakh litres when he first became chief minister in 2005 but it had increased to 20.85 lakh daily now. He said earlier collection and marketing of milk were not proper but now much improvement had been made on these fronts.
He said the stature of COMFED and Sudha (marketing arm of COMFED) had not increased only in Bihar but also outside the state.
Chief Minister said the state government had extended full support to COMFED in setting up dairy plants so that its reach could be extended stressing on the need for increasing milk production and guaranteeing better return to milk producers. He said milk production was still less in comparison to the national average. He said milk producers cooperative committees and organisations were working hard to achieve the goal.
Mr Kumar inaugurated six projects of COMFED on the occasion. After these units become operational, COMFED’s milk processing capacity would increase from 32 lakh litres to 33 lakh litres. He said the capacity of ice cream plant would rise to 43,000 litres from 3000 litres and that of power plant from 62 metric tonnes to 122 metric tonnes.
The capacity of animal fodder would also increase from existing 310 metric tonnes to 480 metric tonnes.