Leh, July 4: In a meeting chaired by the Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas with the CEO, LAHDC, Leh, Animal Husbandry Department, Cooperative Departments and the Executive members of Ladakh Milk Producer’s Cooperative Federation (LMPCF), Leh the roadmap was drawn out for making the Milk Pasteurization Plant Leh functional by the 15th of July.
In the meeting, Divisional Commissioner appreciated the efforts put forth by the present district administration in removing major bottlenecks of funds coming in the way of functionalization of pasteurization plant which was lying defunct since the last seven years.
Div Com, in consultation with all stakeholders finalized the technical and operational measures to be taken for the sustainable functioning of the plant. The road map of implementation was drawn out and instructions were given for making the plant functional by the 15th of July 2019.
He urged the concerned department to device a systematic mechanism for streamlining processing, packaging, branding and marketing the pasteurized milk. Cooperatives and the Animal Husbandry Department, will integrate the milk cooperatives of Leh in the supply chain effectively, the Div Com directed.
Div Com urged the Milk Producers Cooperative Federation to make capital investment in packaging material and its printing and also certain recurring operational cost. He asserted that uninterrupted functioning of this milk plant is in the overall interest of milk producers of Leh district, and subsequently Kargil too.
Directions were issued to the Engineers of PDD and PHE department to install of 100KV transformer, and bore well at the plant site respectively. ACD Leh was directed to complete the compound walling within three weeks.
Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Avny Lavasa assured that training and handholding to the operating staff from the milk cooperatives will be arranged and imparted soon.
Chairman LMPCF, Leh Phuntsog Angchuk apprised that the Federation covers 52 villages and produces around 14,000 litres of milk per day during summer months. He said that the Pasteurization Plant will benefit the milk producers hugely and in the coming days people in the villages will join the milk cooperatives.
Divisional Commissioner also visited the Milk Pasteurization Plant and took stock of the existing machinery and the new cooling infrastructure being put in place. He also directed the CAHO, Leh Dr. Iqbal to propose for creation of technical posts for operating the pasteurization plant.