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Indian dairy co-ops to double cattle feed production

Dairy cooperatives in the state of Gujarat in western Indian plan to double their cattle feed production over the next two years.

Currently, dairies that are members of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) have a total production capacity of 4,200 metric tonne per day. This will be increased to 7,800 metric tonne per day in the next two years through the addition of eight new plants being set up across the state.

"Presently, our member unions have 10 plants for production of cattle feed. In two years, eight new cattle feed plants will come up across the state adding 3,600 metric tonne capacity. This is being done to support milk procurement network as a single cattle requires one kilogram cattle feed daily besides green and dry fodder," GCMMF's managing director R S Sodhi told TOI on Wednesday.

The new plants will be set up by Anand's Amul Dairy, Mehsana's Dudhsagar Dairy, Himmatnagar-based Sabar Dairy, Palanpur-based Banas Dairy, Panchmahal's Panchamrut Dairy, Valsad's Vasudhara Dairy, Bhavnagar's Sarvottam Dairy and Amreli's Amar Dairy. The total investment is around €72m.

It is estimated that to meet Gujarat's milk production that stands at around 350,000 litres milk per day, the sector requires 20,000 metric tonne of cattle feed daily.

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