Mangaluru, Oct 1, 2017: Dakshina Kannada Milk Union Ltd (DKMUL), Kulshekar, has bagged the second place in the South Zone-level of the National Dairy Excellence Award, instituted by the National Diary Development Board (NDDB). The dairy has also received the Milk Mark certificate from NDDB.
DKMUL is the lone dairy in South India to be selected for the award, among the cooperative dairies producing one to five lakh litres of milk on a daily basis. The nature of participation by 220 milk cooperative societies under the union, progress in the procurement of milk, participation of women members in the dairy activities, milk purchasing rates, bank accounts held by the members, technology implemented for the quality testing, implementation of FSSAI standards, performance by the management committee, marketing of bi-products and new value added products of milk and also the financial management have been the criteria which were looked into, for nominating the milk union.
Addressing media persons at DKMUL Diary at Kulshekar, DKMUL president Raviraj Hegde said the National Dairy Excellence Award was presentedby Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Bhai Roopani, at the National Dairy Development Board premises ‘Anand’ in Gujrat on Tuesday.
The award includes a silver citation, Rs 2 lakh cash prize and certificate. Sharada Madiwalthi, member of Milk Producers Cooperative Society, Japti, Kundapur, was felicitated by the Gujarat chief minister. Sharada has been the provider of the best quality milk to DKMUL.
Bengaluru and Shivamoga Milk Federations were considered best dairies in the South Zone, in terms of milk management. The dairies contribute around 5 lakh milk to the Karnataka Milk Federation.
Hegde said that the DKMUL has constantly been maintaining the first place since November 14, in the monthly ranking made by the KMF. National Dairy Development Board has issued the Milk Mark certificate to DKMUL. It is oneamong the five of 14 milk unions in the state to have received the certificate, the other being Bengaluru, Kolar, Shivamogga and Hassan milk unions.
DKMUL also holds the ISO 22000:2005 certificate. The unit procured 4.2 kilos of milk from milk cooperative societies on a daily bases. There are around 12 byproducts and value added items manufactured by the DKMUL.