Minister for Food and Animal Husbandry C. Divakaran has said that the State will achieve self sufficiency in milk production soon. He was inaugurating a meet of the beneficiaries of the Vidharbha Package at Don Bosco Auditorium at Sulthan Bathery in the district on Saturday.
The Minister said that the State used to purchase 2 to 3 lakh litres of milk daily from its neighbours two years ago. But now, Kerala was moving towards self-sufficiency in milk production.
Three fully mechanised high tech dairy farm units at Kolahalamedu, Kulthupuzha and Mattuppetty in the State were nearing completion and they would be commissioned in three months, Mr. Divakaran said. The unit at Kalthupuzha would be commissioned next month itself.
When the high-tech units start functioning, the State would not have to depend on the neighbouring States for milk any more. The burden on dairy farmers would also be eased.
The household farm units would function as satellite units around the mother unit. The concept would make a revolutionary change in the milk production in the State, Mr. Divakaran added.