10 bulk milk coolers to be established

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S. Ganesan

To improve the quality of milk in remote parts of procurement area

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi District Cooperative Milk Producers Union (Aavin) will set up 10 bulk milk coolers in remote parts of its procurement area to improve the quality of milk. The installation will help immediate chilling of milk within 15 minutes of procurement from member-societies of the union.

Currently, the transportation of milk from the societies to the four chilling plants at Tiruchi, Manapparai, Karur and Perambalur results in the milk being chilled only after three to four hours after procurement. Each cooler will cater to societies in the near vicinity.

The coolers are to be installed, at the society level, under the Clean Milk Production scheme funded by the Union Government.

The Centre will provide 90 per cent grant for the coolers to be established at a total cost of Rs.1.57 crore. The union will contribute Rs.25 lakh for the project. One such cooler, with a capacity of 10,000 litres, has already been established at Sendhurai in Perambalur district by the union, which also has jurisdiction over Tiruchi and Karur districts.

The coolers would be installed at Tholurpatti, Killiyanurpatti, Thulaiyanathan, Oorakarai, Paithamparai, Pulivalam, Maruthampatti, Anjalam, Thaneerpandal and Thinnanur, the Managing Director of the Union A. Balasubramanian told The Hindu. Five of these coolers will be installed within the next three months and the rest within six months. Tenders have already been called for installation of the units.

The capacity of the coolers will range from 3,000 to 5,000 litres. Once they are established, the union's milk handling capacity will increase by about 42,000 litres per day.

Currently, the union procures about three lakh litres per day from its 657 member-societies in the three districts. The Aavin had also planned to equip its agents with `ice-boxes' to prevent deterioration of the quality of milk during distribution.

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