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Ambani to take over West Bengal's 'MILMA'

RIL may get state dairy

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, June 22: The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today indicated that the state government might hand over its dairy and farm at Haringhata to Reli-ance Industries Limited to save the loss making unit.

"Only Reliance can save Haringhata. They have submitted their plan for Haringhata which I am going through it. They will use our infrastructure to breed quality cattle with higher milk productivity,” said Mr Bhattacharjee.Daily milk production at Haringhata dairy has dwindled to 3,000 litres a day.

The government has been looking for a private partner for sometime now. Initially an Australian firm had been approached. A month back representatives of Indofood belonging to the Indonesia-based Salim group visited Haringhata.

However, officials of the animal resources development department are not clear whether RIL will get the dairy or the entire farm. They said apart from the dairy, the 2,000-acre Haringhata farm include piggery, bacon processing plant and a frozen semen laboratory which is one of the best in the country. “These are running well but we are do not know the fate of the farm and the dairy,” said an official.

But the chief minister made it clear that running such farms were no longer possible for the government. While handing over 5,00 acres of farm land at Salboni belonging a private company he had said: “ The state government could not do anything meaningful here… We cannot run this centre and so we were looking for private partnership.

”Hind Industries Limited has proposed setting up of a buffalo and goat rearing and breeding centre for milk and meat production with an investment of Rs 106 crore at Salboni Farm II. The land was leased out for 99 years at Rs 4.75 crore as selami and another Rs 1.5 lakh as rent per year. The project is expected to provide direct employment to 150 people