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It will be established on the lines of IRMA in Gujarat; 20 hectares of land identified at Hessarghatta

Dairy plant to be built at Devanahalli at a cost of Rs. 50 crore Mother Dairy facility near NIMHANS to be expanded shortly Capacity of milk powder plant at Yelahanka to be increased Hostel for students from farmer families to be opened

BANGALORE: The State Government, in association with the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), is planning to set up a rural management training institute at Hessarghatta, H.D. Revanna, Chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation, said here on Thursday.

The institute, which will be built on the lines of IRMA, will offer a two-year postgraduate diploma course in agro-based industries, including dairy farming.

The Government has identified over 20 hectares of land at Hessarghatta for setting up the institute, which is estimated to cost Rs. 50 crore, Mr. Revanna told presspersons after the "bhoomi puja" for the expansion project of Mother Dairy at Yelahanka.

Plant at Devanahalli

Mr. Revanna said the Government planned to set up a dairy plant at Devanahalli at a cost of Rs. 50 crore.

Outlining the expansion project, he said, construction of "product dairy centres" had begun at Channarayapatna and Whitefield.

The projects were estimated to cost Rs. 100 crore each. The Mother Dairy plant near NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences), Bangalore, would be expanded shortly at a cost of Rs. 50 crore, he added.

Demand for milk

Mr. Revanna said the increase in the demand for milk and milk products had necessitated a programme for increasing the capacity of Mother Dairy plants. The plant at Yelahanka procured 2.4 lakh litres of milk a day from Kolar milk unions and supplied 2.25 lakh litres of milk in the city each day.

Plant capacity

He said that in view of the growing demand for milk powder, the capacity of the milk powder plant at Yelahanka would be increased. The powder plant now had the capacity to convert three lakh litres of milk into 30 tonnes of milk powder.

Mr. Revanna said the Government planned to increase the milk storage capacity at the Mother Dairy Yelahanka plant to 10 lakh litres a day and increase the packing capacity to three lakh litres a day.

Automation

The Government had earmarked Rs. 16 crore for automation at the dairy plant, he added.

He said the Government planned to construct a hostel in Bangalore for children of farmers.

The hostel, for 600 students, was likely to be built at Bhoopasandra.

It would cost Rs. 9 crore, he added.

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