Mysuru Mega Dairy was inaugurated by the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The CM was on a whirlwind tour of Mysuru district launching various development works and events. The state-of-the-art dairy has come up at Alanahalli here with a capacity to process nine lakh litres of milk daily. This new dairy is going to be Karnataka’s fully automated dairy.
The Mysuru Mega Dairy is a joint venture of Mysuru District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Societies’ Union Ltd. The new dairy is expected to save operational costs for the management. It had become essential owing to the rise in milk production as the existing dairy at Siddhartha Nagar lacked space for the addition of new facilities such as deep freezers.
Initially it will process six lakh litres of milk daily and later on it will increase its processing capacity to nine lakh liters for which it is built to. The new facility was also aimed to encourage dairy farming and rope in more farmers into dairy vocation for improving their income.
A sum of Rs 41.66 crore had been contributed by the Mysuru Milk Union towards setting up the mega dairy while Rs 6 crore and Rs 80 crore had been raised through Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The mega dairy has come up on a 13-acre plot closer to the existing one. The mega dairy was conceptualised five years ago and built at a cost of Rs 128 crore.
It is expected that the milk production in Mysuru district is expected to touch 10 lakh litres a day from the present six lakh litres a day in a year or two. The existing dairy in Siddhartha Nagar has a processing capacity of three lakh litres a day. This old dairy started with an initial capacity to process 60,000 litres of milk and but now it cannot be expanded any longer because of space constraints. As a part of the second phase, a 30-metric tonne capacity milk powder unit will come up on the premises. The estimated cost for the milk powder unit is Rs 59 crore for the milk union.