ANIIDCO’s Milk Collection Centre to start operations from April 1

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
28 Mar 2017

Acting swiftly on the report published in The Echo of India last month, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO) has accelerated efforts to launch the milk collection centre here. According to reports, the agency is in the process of installing necessary equipment at the allotted government department for the milk collection centre which is likely to start operations from April 1. Speaking to this correspondent, an official of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department posted here informed that almost all procedures are in the final stages and the facility will start serving the population here from April 1.
The Echo of India, in its edition on March 24, reported that livestock owners in Rangat and adjoining villages are being deprived of the benefits of ANIIDCO’s  milk collection initiative since 2014. Despite allotment of a government premises to ANIIDCO at Rangat, the agency had failed to bring the facility into operation for the benefit of the needy population. Following persistent demands from the local population, Veterinary Department of Rangat allotted a government quarter in the region to ANIIDCO to set up a central collection point and install other necessary equipment at the location. However, even 6 months after the allotment, ANIIDCO had failed to launch the scheme in the region.
Since January 2014, ANIDCO has been procuring milk from the farmers of North & Middle Andaman and has also set up a milk chilling centres at Kadamtala, Mohanpur and Diglipur. In 2016, the Corporation had initiated collection of milk from the farmers of Shivapuram, Basantipur, Harinagar and Swadeshnagar in Middle Andaman by deploying milk collection van. Milk collection by ANIIDCO has been benefitting the farmers in disposal of surplus milk as also provides self-employment opportunities to the rural youth. The Corporation has also submitted a Detailed Project Report for augmenting of infrastructure for milk collection from North & Middle Andaman and for availing loan from NABARD for setting up milk chilling centres at Rangat, Dharmapur, Tugapur and Nabhagram.