June 8, Pemagatshel: Gypsum Gonor Chirphuen Detshen, a farmers dairy group has become the seventh Milk Processing Unit (MPU) in the Dzongkhag wherein 70 farmers collect fresh milk and process them into butter and cheese using modern equipment.
The milk collections are done every day from three villages of Yalang, Denchi and Khothakpa. The group also owns a sales counter in the Gypsum town to sell the processed products at a reasonable price.
Memey Wangchuk recollects the day when he used to churn butter in the locally made wooden churner that would consume a lot of time and at times he used to hire his neighbour to churn the butter. With the establishment of the MPU in his vicinity, his woes of churning butter for ages has gone now as the unit has employed three school dropouts students as milk processors providing them the employment opportunities. Other farmers have also shown keen interest in buying more milking cows to supply more milk and earn better income.
Tashi Dema, the group chairperson is overwhelmed with the support rendered by the livestock sector. The clean milk production training provided to the members has been a huge success. ‘Every member is now aware on the importance of the clean milk production, ’ said Tashi Dema.
Meanwhile, the group is gearing towards product diversification wherein the group is expected to produce ice creams, paneer, chugo and ghee among others. For these things to materialise the proposal has been submitted to the Regional Agricultural Marketing and Cooperative Office and the sector is waiting for their support. ‘We are expecting to receive packaging materials and storage equipment to improve the products marketing’, said Namgay Wangdi, the group advisor.
- Contributed by Yonten Dorji, Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital, Pemagatshel
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