The Chief Minister of Meghalaya – Conrad Sangma today unveiled the milk collection center of the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Cooperative Society Limited in the presence of the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Department of rural development – Hamletson Dohling.
Sponsored under the Chief Minister’s Special Rural Development Fund (CMSRDF) and Special Rural Works Program (SRWP) with a project cost of approximately Rs. 37,000,000; this new facility includes a cooling unit, testing facilities to maintain quality controls of the milk collected at the center.
Taking to Twitter, the Meghalaya CM wrote, “In the presence of our dairy farmers, inaugurated the milk collection center of the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producer Co-Operative Society Ltd. in Umlyngka, Upper Shillong, funded by the convergence of CMSDF and SRWP programmes.
“Bah PR Kharbteng has been passionately leading the front since the establishment of the Society in 1990. With his efforts, supplemented by the various government projects. the Society now produces 4500 liters of milk and from just 3 members the Society is now a community of 120 dairy farmers,” he added.
Bah PR Kharbteng has been passionately leading the front since the establishment of the Company in 1990. With his efforts, supplemented by the various government projects. the company now produces 4500 liters of milk and from just 3 members the company is now a community of 120 dairy farmers pic.twitter.com/TnE60c1fk7
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) June 27, 2022
The CM of Meghalaya congratulated the cooperative society for achieving this “significant” achievement, while assuring the continued support of the state government to the dairy farmers.
“There is a 50-60% deficit in milk production in the state and this is a huge opportunity for local dairy farmers to meet market demand for milk in the state. – informed Sangma.
He also highlighted the crucial role of dairy cooperative societies in the state’s self-sufficiency in dairy production.
“Almost 2.5 lakh metric tonnes of milk is needed and more than 50% to 60% is not available, which means there is a huge market in Meghalaya state itself,” he said. -he adds.
Meanwhile, Dohling noted that “the 32-year-old Umlyngka Primary Milk Producers Cooperative Society is a model for other cooperative societies in the region and its success is a great example and encouragement for others to start dairy farming. .”
It should be noted that the Umlyngka Primary Milk Producers Cooperative Society is one of the first dairy cooperative societies in Meghalaya formed in 1990, with the aim of encouraging dairy farming throughout the hamlet; thus improving the livelihoods of the villagers.