Milk and Dairy Development Minister V. Moorthy instructed the officials concerned to take necessary steps to improve milk production.

After inspecting the Milk Producers’ Cooperative Society here and the dairy farm in Srivilliputtur on Sunday, the Minister said that the milk procurement in the district which stood at an average of 8,475 litres a day with a local sale of 6,460 litres through 128 milk producers’ cooperative societies and 69 unions during 2010-11 had gone up to 16,480 litres with a local sale of 8,845 litres now. A sum of Rs.1.02 crore was being disbursed to milk producers every month.

Mr. Moorthy instructed the authorities to increase procurement to 21,000 litres of milk a day with a local sale of 10,000 litres. Efforts should be made to sell by-products worth Rs.10 lakh every month.

He pointed out that steps had been taken to replace old machinery in dairy farms and chilling centres and improve infrastructure in all co-operative federations, societies and unions.

The Dairy Development Department had secured funds to the tune of Rs. 89.88 lakh during 2011-12 and Rs. 149 lakh during 2012-13 under the Intensive Dairy Development Project from State and Central government with cent per cent subsidy. Of this amount of Rs. 238.88 lakh, Rs. 141.18 had been spent so far.

The Minister said that veterinary camps were conducted in all panchayat unions for artificial insemination of 222 milch animals.

More In: TAMIL NADU | NATIONAL