The Anand-headquartered National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will construct and manage three new dairy plants in Jharkhand on a turn-key basis.
The Jharkhand government has requested NDDB to set up these new plants at Sarath (Deoghar), Sahebganj and Palamu.
At the same time, construction of products dairy plant at Hotwar and two dairy plants of 50,000 litre per day (TLPD) capacity at Jamshedpur and Giridih are also being discussed with Jharkhand government. The capacity of these two plants will be expandable to 100 TLPD.
The plants at Sarath, Sahebganj and Palamu, which will have capacity of 50 TLPD expandable to 100 TLPD, will be constructed at the cost of Rs 90 crore by March, June and September next year.
After addition of these new dairy plants, the total milk handling and processing capacity of Jharkhand Milk Federation will be around five lakh litres per day (LLPD) by 2024.
Currently, JMF has four dairy plants at Ranchi, Deoghar, Koderma and Latehar with total installed capacity of 140 TLPD and one cattle feed plant at Hotwar, Ranchi.
NDDB took over management of JMF from April 1, 2014. JMF operates in 15 districts of Jharkhand including Ranchi, Ramgarh, Lohardaga, Khunti, Hazaribag, Koderma, Giridih, Deoghar, Dhanbad, Palamau, Garhwa, Chatra, Latehar, Bokaro and Godda.
In 2019-20, the annual average milk procurement from these 15 districts remained about 117.52 thousand kg per day and it marketed around 102.99 TLPD.
It will continue to manage JMF as Jharkhand cabinet has recently approved extension of MoU between NDDB and JMF till March 31, 2024.