New Hi-Tech Plant of Kerala Feeds Limited Commissioned
Kochi: Kerala Feeds Limited (KFL) will cater to half of the State’s cattle-feed market in the next two years, according to Pinarayi Vijayan, State Chief Minister.
Commissioning a hi-tech plant of the State PSU at Thodupuzha in Idukki district, he termed the completion of the Rs. 75.75-crore facility within the stipulated time frame as an achievement for the State considering the general slowdown in the economy.
“The government is duty-bound to take care of KFL, which stood with dairy farmers by selling the products at affordable prices during the floods our State faced in the last two years,” the Chief Minister noted after inaugurating the plant with a capacity of 500 tonnes. “KFL follows a production procedure that involves quality checking at four stages which ensures adulteration-free cattle feed,” he said.
The facility, with a 1,350-sq. m. godown for finished products and another 3,300-sq. m. godown for raw materials, is scheduled to start trial production soon amid the government’s efforts to meet increasing demand for dairy and poultry feeds at affordable prices.
The function also saw the launch of three new products of the 1995-founded KFL headquartered at Kallettumkara near Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district. The Chief Minister launched the highly-nutritious KF Dairy Rich Plus feed for milch cows, while KF Kairali and KF Athulyam brands of feed for egg-laying chicken were launched by K Raju, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development.
P J Joseph, Thodupuzha MLA, delivered the keynote address. He also honoured the private dealers and societies who emerged top in the sales of KFL products last year.
Minister Raju, while presiding over the function, said Kerala is poised to attain self-sufficiency in milk production. “KFL is not hiking the prices of its products because we are very keen not to burden the State’s dairy farmers,” he added. “That is why we cannot afford to worry too much about the losses the PSU is incurring of late.”
K S Indusekharan Nair, Chairman, KFL, welcoming the gathering, said skyrocketing prices of inputs were causing losses to the PSU of late, but there won’t be a proportionate rise in the prices of our products.
Dr. B Sreekumar, MD, KFL said the PSU always makes sure that the consumers are largely unaffected by the rise in the prices of inputs used for making the products.
P A Balan Master, Chairman, Milma; Prof. Jessy Antony, President, Thodupuzha Municipality, among others, were present on the occasion.
The foundation stone for the Thodupuzha plant was laid in 2014 following the M S Swaminathan Commission’s report that recommended an Idukki Package. The report said that the hill-district had the capacity to meet the entire State’s demand for milk. Set up with
Rs. 17.01-crore grant from the State Government, the project received a financial assistance of Rs. 23.25 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna and a loan of Rs. 20 crore from NABARD.
The plant has two weighing bridges of 50 and 30 tonnes respectively, rain-harvesting facilities, administrative building, canteen, washrooms, common amenities for workers, approach roads, drainage and a compound wall. DK