DIANA FERNANDES | NT
MARGAO : The department of animal husbandry and veterinary services will introduce by January next year milk automation system for testing milk samples. The department has decided to distribute a machine to each milk society.
The machines will test in a jiffy milk samples for fat, SNF and specific gravity content. The department is expected to procure the machines by December this year, and societies will be able to use them by January next year.
Sources from the department confirmed that the machines will be given to milk co-operative societies, which will have to maintain them. “The cost of the machines runs into lakhs of rupees; and the government has recently approved the file. Now the procurement and distribution will be done by December,” an official
This decision to distribute the machines comes after several meetings were held with milk societies and farmers on whether or not to introduce the machines. Ultimately, the societies and the farmers were in agreement to use the automation system to test for basic content of milk that is procured.
The introduction of the machines and other issues were deliberated at a recently held three-day workshop for farmers and department officials.
Mumbai-based dairy advisor on cattle nutrition and management Dr Chandrakiran N Sant advised farmers on how to increase milk production and improve the dairy condition in Goa.
The department also listened to farmers’ grievances and decided to draw up an action plan.
The farmers were divided into four categories for the workshop: those who produced below 50 litres of milk; those who produced 50 litres and 100 litres; those who produced between 100 litres and 200 litres and those who produced more than 200 litres.