The plant and machinery were now being put in place for the unit which is scheduled to be functional by December.
KFL’s annual cattle feed production will go up from 195,000 tonnes to 285,000 when the new unit becomes operational and its market share in Kerala will increase from 120 to 30%.
Hay and molasses unit
Another project being implemented is a 15,000-tonne-a-year fodder unit for compressed hay and molasses cake at Muthalamada in Palakkad district, which is a first in South India.
The main raw material will be paddy hay, a substantial portion of which normally is either burnt or left to decay by farmers.
The third unit slated to begin operation around the same time is a plant to produce mineral mixture and goat feed. It will produce 1,200 tonnes of mineral mixture and 30,000 tonnes of goat feed.
KFL said pelleted cattle feed was in great demand in the state and the present daily production of 650 tonnes was insufficient to meet the demand.