The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has joined hands with the Kerala Government and dairy cooperatives in the state to provide relief to the flood-affected people.
Relief materials worth Rs 2 crore would be sent from Gujarat to the flood-affected State. In a letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala, NDDB chairman Dilip Rath informed that the first lot of nearly one lakh sterile milk packs sent by the Dairy Board have been unloaded in Thrissur and Kozhikode districts.
These single-serve 180 ml packs of toned milk, aseptically packed, can be consumed directly without boiling or heating. With a fat content of 3.5% and solids-not-fat (SNF) content of 8.5%, these milk packs are a very good source of balanced nutrition.
Rath also informed that during the next few days NDDB will supply more than a million such packs for distribution among the people lodged in relief camps across the State.
Dairy farmers in several parts of Kerala are facing an acute shortage of feed and fodder for their animals.
To address this, NDDB is arranging to supply 500 MT (10,000 bags of 50 kg each) of cattle feed to the affected areas.
The first lot of 46 MT of this supply, being sourced from the Karnataka Milk Federation’s cattle feed plant at Hassan has reached Wayanad district and is ready for distribution.
NDDB through its wholly owned subsidiary, Indian Immunologicals Ltd. (IIL) is airlifting veterinary medicines worth about Rs 5.00 lakh. Moreover about a dozen officers of the Dairy Board are working to source and distribute relief materials in the State.
They are working in close coordination with the officials of the State Government and dairy cooperatives across the State.