In a bid to prevent spoilage of milk during the long journey from Pernem to its Curti-Ponda plant, Goa Dairy is mulling setting up a Bulk Milk Cooler (BMC) — a cold storage system — at Dhargalim.
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The facility is aimed at helping milk farmers. The dairy has a plot of land at Dhargalim, which has been lying unused for the last several years, where it plans to set up the BMC unit to store the milk that is collected daily.

Chairman of the dairy’s administrative committee, Durgesh Shirodkar, said that the milk that is collected daily from the Pernem farmers is brought to the Curti-Ponda plant on vans in uninsulated cans. As a result, there is always a risk of spoilage, especially during summer, he said.

“If we have a proper cold storage at Dhargalim, we could store the milk there and bring it by way of tankers, which would not only minimise transportation cost, but also safeguard the quality of the milk,” Shirodkar said.

For a decision in this regard, the matter was supposed to come for discussion during the Sunday annual general body meeting (AGM). However, the meeting could not be held as some members objected saying it did not have proper approval from the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS).

Shirodkar said the next date for the AGM has not yet been decided. However, it will be conducted by following all due procedures and required documents, he said.

Shirodkar has been on the dairy’s administrative committee since June 2020.

If we have a proper cold storage, we could store the milk there and bring it by way of tankers, which would not only minimise transportation cost, but also safeguard the quality of the milk.

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