Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has charted out its expansion plans for the next five years. It proposes to invest Rs 3,000 crore over the next five years to increase its daily milk processing capacity from 145 to 180 lakh litres.
The federation is in the process of setting up two milk processing plants in Delhi, and four plants in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, besides planning to set up a plant even in United States.
“Our goal is to increase the milk processing capacity from the existing 145 to 180 lakh litres per day over the next five years, for which we will invest around Rs 3,000 crore,” GCMMF Managing Director R S Sodhi said.
“We are setting up two new plants in Delhi having processing capacity of 30 and 10 lakh litres per day each, which are expected to be commissioned by this year end,” he said.
“A milk processing plant having 10 lakh litres per day capacity has come up in Mumbai, and is expected to be operational within next two or three months,” Sodhi said.
“The four processing plants proposed in Saurasthra region of Gujarat each having capacity of 2 lakh litres per day will go on stream within a year,” he said adding that eight lakh litres capacity addition will be in Saurashtra alone.
“The federation operates with a network of 52 milk processing plants in India, of which nine are operating on hired basis,” Sodhi said.
GCMMF, which clocked a turnover of Rs 11,660 crore in 2011-12, currently procures around 140 lakh litres of milk per day.
“The overall turnover of brand Amul is around Rs 16,000 crore, which includes sales of member dairies of the federation,” a GCMMF official said.
The federation has begun procuring milk from states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana among others, and paying same prices to the farmers there as given to their counterparts in Gujarat, he said.