Chennai:With Tamil Nadu emerging as one of the major milk producers in the country, efforts are being made to modernise dairies to increase procurement and preservation of milk products.

 Under the plan state government has decided to invest Rs 21.41 crore to upgrade dairies at Vellore, Ambattur, Krishnagiri,Kakalur, Madhavaram, Sholinganallur, Erode and Villupuram, Dairy Development Department sources said.
The Vellore dairy would handle facilities like milk and cream pasteurizer, ghee settling tank, they said, adding orders have been placed to purchase 10 units of milk coolers to enhance ice cream production facilities, among others.
 The Kakalur dairy is being upgraded at a cost of Rs 3.60 crore to handle upto one lakh litres of milk per day.It would be made a 'satellite dairy', especially to serve Chennai residents.
Besides, the government has undertaken an 'intensive' milk development programme under which it is proposed to create infrastructure to step up milk processing and marketing, improvisation of milk procurement and milk sales.  Noting that a new modern milk parlour was established in Chennai under the initiative of strengthening the cold chain network for milk products, the sources said the installation of mobile parlours across Chennai was on.
 "The work for installation of two new parlours in the city is in progress", they said.

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