Leh, Aug 24 (VisitLadakh.com) : Stepping towards sustainable development promoting land based economy in Leh district, Animal Husbandry Department has installed a Rs: 1.30 crore cost Milk Pasteurization Plant at Bull Mother Farm (BMF) at Agling Leh 6 kmr from Leh. The J&K Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora has inaugurated the Plant yeaterday in presence of LAHDC Chief Executive Councilor Rigzin Spalbar and Executive Councilor for Animal and Sheep Husbandry Gyurmed Dorjay. The MLC Norboo Gyaltsan, Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh, Councilors, Sarpanches, Religious Heads, District officers, representatives from milk cooperative societies and all stakeholders were also present on the inaugural session.
Appreciating the initiative of LAHDC, Leh in setting up of this highly time tested plant through Animal Husbandry Deptt Leh, the Minister said that it will surely prove a boon for the local farmers to boost their economic status through milk production. To run the project successfully, Jora urged to constitute an active advisory committee comprising of two Executive Councilors, DC,Leh and devoted and committed person like Dr. Tondup Tsewang Chopsa. The Minister recalled the great vision of Kalon Rigzin Namgyal who has initiated the cooperative movement in Ladakh with huge success story and adding that this pasteurization plant would also gain similar momentum through cooperative system . The per capita butter consumption in Ladakh is nearly worth Rs. 12 crore which is comparatively highest in India, Jora said adding that there is vast scope for dairy products farming also in Ladakh apart from vegetable, fruits, cooperative transport and taxis.
Underlining the project as another major step towards achieving sustainable development in Ladakh, the Chief Executive Councilor, Rigzin Spalbar said that the definitive goal of the Council is to provide equal developmental opportunities to the people in every rural villages and setting up of this milk pasteurization plant was to create an assured market with reasonable price for milk production of the farmers. Stressing upon the farmers to switch to cash oriented activities like dairy farming, seabuckthorn, pashmina, horticulture and vegetable considering higher cost value CEC said that Council has already taken some concrete steps and provided market for their produces and emphasized upon the farmers to work harder with positive attitude to get the maximum benefit of this facility.
Briefing the people about the installation of this plant through Animal Husbandry Deptt, and its future course of activities, CEC said that this plant would be handed over to the Milk Cooperative Union after making it fully functional with trained hands
Rather than hanging around for Govt. job, Spalbar urged the youth to seriously take advantage out of various business schemes of the Govt. and said that marketing was never a problem in Ladakh if the items and products are of the level of quality and presentable. CEC also mentioned about other options of land based economy projects saying that the Department of Science and Technology is all set to bring a projects worth Rs.100 crore in Leh with initial investment of Rs: 25 crore to study the matchless biodiversity and explore the varied flora and fauna of the region besides a UK based company also offered a fodder manufacturing project from the waste products of seabuckthorn. Expressing pleasure over the improving work culture in all the departments, Spalbar praised the government officials for discharging their duties efficiently and also urged them to be a facilitator to promptly implement the Govt schemes.
Expressing concern over decreasing trend in the livestock farming in Ladakh in the recent past by depending on packaging products EC Animal Husbandry Gyurmet Dorjay stressed upon the need to revive the tradition of livestock farming to promote organic products with the help of new technology. He urged upon the Councilors, Sarpanches and all stakeholders to extend active support to run the newly installed pasteurization plant successfully. Gyurmet also made a mention to bring Nobra and other regions of Ladakh under cooperative societies to ensure good price to their produce.
The Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Dr.Abdul Qayum in his welcome speech highlighted Ladakh’s immense potential in livestock and said that installation of this plant would tremendously fulfill the needs of both milk supplier and consumers. Explaining briefly about the various scope in dairy farming Dr.Qayum inform that milk co-operative societies which came into being in 2001 produced 70 liter milk a day which has increased to 6000 liters in summer making upto Rs. 6 crore annual income. He also explained in detail about the Ladakh Milk Union Limited (LaMUL) which would be run by societies with the help of Animal Husbandry and assured to provide 24 hours milk supply through latest technology automated swap operating vending refrigeting machines stationed at certain places. He also announced to bring Yak cheese product in the market in future on European pattern .