India’s Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Tuesday the modern dairy and ice cream unit at the Verka Bathinda Dairy in the Indian state of Punjab. The foundation stone for the same was laid in April and the project is now operational.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal congratulated Verka on the successful completion of the project. She also appreciated the role of Verka in supplementing the income of farmers.
Verka is the leading dairy brand of the region with a large consumer base. The new plant would mainly cater to the ice cream demand of consumers of region.
Verka Bathinda Dairy had an initial capacity of 100,000 litres per day, which is being augmented to 200,000 litres per day.
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Verka is the flagship brand of MILKFED (The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation). The setup of the organization is a three tier system, Milk Producers Cooperative Societies at the village level, Milk Unions at District level, and Federation as an Apex Body at State level.
Currently Verka has around 7,000 village milk producers’ cooperative societies, with over 380,000 members. These village level cooperatives work under 11 district milk producers’ unions with 10 milk plants having a consolidated milk handling capacity of around 1,800,000 litres per day.
To ensure high quality products, Verka has put up auto-milk collection centres, wherein the milk producers will get result of milk testing on the spot. Bulk milk cooling centers have also been installed in cooperative societies to maintain the quality of milk.
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