Shimla: Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu today said that Rs. 201 crore have been allocated for construction of the state-of-the-art milk processing plant at Dhagwar in Kangra district being developed in collaboration with the National Dairy Development Board and the construction work was scheduled to begin soon.

He said that the plant would be built having an initial capacity of 1.50 lakh litres per day (LLPD) which could be further expanded upto 3 LLPD. This fully automatic plant aims to produce a variety of dairy products such as curd, lassi, butter, ghee, paneer, flavored milk, khoya and mozzarella cheese. This project is expected to enhance the economic prosperity of the farmers in Kangra, Hamirpur, Chamba and Una districts.

The Chief Minister added that the project would immensely benefit the dairy farming community and contribute to the state’s economy. “As the project unfolds, it is poised to bring prosperity to the dairy farming community and ensure that farmers get good value for their hard work. The new milk processing plant stands as a testament to the government’s dedication to improving the livelihood of the farmers and promoting the state’s dairy industry in a big way,” he stated.

Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu further said that the initiative aligns with the government’s steadfast commitment to farmer welfare. Once the Dhagwar milk processing plant begins operations, the government also plans to start production of milk powder, ice cream and various types of cheese at this plant.

Shri Sukhu reiterated the state government’s commitment to the welfare of farmers and said that the milk procurement rates have been raise significantly by the present government. The procurement price of cow milk has been raised from Rs. 32 to Rs. 45 per litre and buffalo milk to Rs 55 per litre.

“The move is part of the broader efforts to boost farmer’s income. We will introduce new welfare schemes in the future as well,” remarked the Chief Minister.

“Strengthening the rural economy is imperative for making Himachal Pradesh self-sufficient and prosperous, as about 95 percent of the state’s population resides in rural areas. Without achieving the goal of strengthening the rural economy by making farmers financially stable and strong, the vision of a prosperous and self-reliant Himachal remains unattainable,” emphasized Shri Sukhu. 

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