‘Mega’ milk plant at Leh to be functional soon: Samoon

‘Mega’ milk plant at Leh to be functional soon: Samoon
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Stresses strengthening disease investigation

SRINAGAR: To boost dairy sector in Ladakh region, the government has decided to make milk pasteurisation plant at Ugling with a capacity of 2000 litres per hour functional at the earliest.
The decision was taken by Principal Secretary to Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department Asgar Hassan Samoon after concluding his five-day Ladakh tour.
Samoon said that it would boost the dairy sector of the district by the establishment of new milk cooperatives and by providing organised milk marketing support, an official handout read.
The ‘mega plant’ was non- functional from some years due to a snag in the chiller and needed some other works.
Samoon, during the visit, directed Chief Animal Husbandry Department, Leh to submit the DPR within a week and to start the necessary works estimated at Rs 50 lakh at the earliest, the handout read.
Samoon also directed for submission of DPR as per NABARD guidelines within two weeks for district hospital complex at Damboochan Leh.
Samoon directed for the cultivation of more Alpha fodder available on the lands of the Bull Mother Farm, Ugling, besides increasing the farm’s livestock strength, read the handout.
Appreciating the animal husbandry department for taking innovative steps for milk marketing, Samoon stressed on the officers to install more vending machines with pasteurised quality milk.
Samoon also directed for the promotion of yak/camel wool products and also popularisation of yak cheese, especially among Changpas.
He directed for popularising artificial insemination technology with the provision of a facility to all animal husbandry centers of Leh besides organising refresher training programmes for technicians.
Stressing on the need to strengthen disease investigation, Samoon called for disease mapping of the entire region, it added.