BAMUL, Bengaluru Rural and Ramanagara Cooperative Milk Producers Societies Union is all set to begin its international journey, claims came into being after company recieves export license certification from the authority.
This development, according to Narasimhamurthy, president, BAMUL, during a media interaction, is viewed as a major step to accelerate growth for the surplus-hit union, which is stressed to find markets for its products.
BAMUL earned the certificate from Karnataka Milk federation that comprise of all milk producer unions and third party producers and function as an eye of control and regulation at general body level.
Narasimhamurthy said, “In terms of quality, we are second to none. We have installed state-of-the-art machines and technology which have been recognised by the Export Inspection Council. We need to build an identity for the brand at the global stage for which work needs to be done.”
Stating that the BAMUL milk procurement is expected to surpass 21 lakh litre per day in the next one year, he said, “We are procuring 19 lakh litre every day. Exporting the products except cheese, butter and ghee will boost revenue.”
In order to ensure uninterrupted supplies and growing demand to be impacted by inadequate supplies, BAMUL is set to build a new plant in Kanakapura off Bengaluru to manufacture milk powder. The Board has cleared the DPR (detailed project report) and the tender for construction of the plant at the cost of Rs 220 crore will be called soon. “We are also building a godown at a cost of Rs 18.5 crore to store 5,000 tonne butter,” he said.
According to the BAMUL president, marketing within the country and beyond was needed. “We are turning milk into value-added products to avoid wastage. We now have 6,000 tonne of milk powder on our shelves. The demand is lower than the supply.”
Furthermore, BAMUL has submitted a memo asking increment in milk price in three districts of Bengaluru with Rs 5 per litre.
Stating that the hike was necessary as it was required to pay a realistic cost for farmers, he said, “Besides Rs 5 hike, for consumer price, we have also requested for a hike of Re 1 in government subsidy. This will help us to increase the payment to farmers from Rs 35 per litre to Rs 40 per litre.”