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Cachar Milk Union Limited (CAMUL) formed

SILCHAR, November 29: With a view to develop the primary milk co–operative societies and to safeguard the rights of the farmers and workers engaged in milk production, the members of 30 dairy cooperative societies formed Cachar district Milk Union Limited (CAMUL) in a meeting held at Dairy Plant campus at Ghungur on Friday. Putul Goala has been elected as the president of the new Union while Doyanidhi Sharma has been made the general secretary. Besides, a 13 members’ executive committee of the Union was formed.
The initiative to form the Cachar Milk Union Limited was first taken by the Deputy Director, Dairy Development, Silchar Nazim Uddin Ahmed. According to him, cooperative societies or a Milk Union can develop the condition of the poor farmers and can help them in availing the benefit of various government sponsored schemes. The Dairy development is under the Ministry of Agriculture and there are a host of beneficiary schemes for the farmers.
Addressing the meeting which was mainly attended by the presidents and secretaries of all the 30 milk societies, Nazim Uddin said that the Union would also play a pivotal role in the development of the Dairy Plant located at Ghungur. He said that like Cachar, the Milk Unions will be formed in both Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. Later, a federation will be formed combing the Milk Unions of the three districts.
The speakers in the meeting observed that with all the resources and potentiality, Barak Valley could become a hub of milk production and achieve the distinction to bring about a sort of ’white revolution.’ Though it is like a dream come true, but the help and cooperation from everyone could make it possible.
Presently, 30 cooperative societies across Cachar are registered under Dairy Development Department. More cooperative societies can increase the capacity and supply more milk to people. A positive development towards boosting up milk production is the sanctioning of Rs 34 lakh to the educated unemployed youths under employment generation mission of Chief Minister Assam Vikas Yojana. With this financial support, the youths below the age of 40 will have high breed cows from Bihar.
The two vending machines at Silchar and Karimganj were installed under Assam State Plan 2012–13. More four machines are to be installed in this town of Silchar. The town has the demand of 1 lakh litres of milk. But, only 1 per cent of which can be met now, pointed out Nazim Uddin.
The sources said that there is a plan to set up Bulk Milk Cooler or Collection Centre at Harintilla in Borkhola constituency. The milkmen under different cooperative societies will carry the milk with the help of cycle vans supplied to them by the department to the collection centres set up. From there, the departmental vans will collect them and bring it to the Bulk Milk Cooler for refrigeration. Such Bulk Milk Coolers are also planned to be set up at Borkhola, Narsingpur, Kalain, Silcoorie, Hailakandi, Lala, Karimganj and Badarpur. The 19 lakh machine with 2000 litres capacity each have been sanctioned under State plan 2014–15.
The newly elected president Putul Goala said that the Union would work for the larger interest of the farmers and the development of Dairy Firm. He urged help and cooperation from one and all. (Source: SentinelAssam)