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Dairy Products Directive Hits Snag in Kavre district

11 July 2019

NEPAL - The government-issued Dairy and Dairy Products Production Criteria Directive-2018 faces obstacles in its implementation from the locals of Kavre district.

As per the diktat, plastic containers are not permitted for ferrying milk and storing collected milk. Similarly, sale of stale milk is also prohibited.

Nepal Food Technology and Quality Control Division Office, Dhulikhel, warned milk chilling centres and milk collection centres against the use of plastic containers. However, dairy farmers and entrepreneurs have continued using plastic containers.

Local milk collectors and dairy entrepreneurs have stopped selling milk to the chilling centre of Dairy Development Corporation in Tamaghat of Panchkhal Municipality after it asked them to use steel and aluminium containers. Milk collectors and dairy entrepreneurs have, instead, started selling milk to private dairies.

Assistant Chief Nar Bahadur Bista of Dairy Development Corporation’s chilling centre in Tamaghat said the centre’s milk collection had fallen sharply.

According to Bista, the centre used to collect 8,000 litres of milk on a daily basis, but the daily collection now has fallen to just 2,500 litres.

Until a few months ago, about 50 cooperatives used to supply milk to the centre. Bista added that milk collection had dropped due to the Dairy Development Corporation’s policy of buying only quality milk.

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Source: The Himalayan Times

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