Amul to set foot in Telangana with Rs 500 crore unit in Gajwel

December 30, 2021

HYDERABAD: Dairy giant Amul is all set to step into Telangana with its first and largest milk processing and value added dairy products manufacturing facility in south India. The facility, which is expected to come up at a special food processing zone near Gajwel, will come up at an investment of Rs 500 crore and is expected to create around 500 direct jobs.

To be set up by one of Amul’s largest cooperatives – the Sabarkantha District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, more popularly known as Sabar Dairy, the facility will see the investment being poured in phases – 300 crore in the first phase and 200 crore in the second.

The first phase will see the facility will have a capacity to process 5 lakh litres of milk per day, which will be expandable to 10 lakh litres per day later. The proposed plant will not just package fresh milk but also process value-added milk products like curd, buttermilk, lassi, yogurt, paneer and sweets, among others.

Pointing out that this would be Amul’s first owned facility in south India, GCMMF general manager-marketing Manorajan Pani told TOI that it would take about a couple of years for the facility to be ready for operations starting with a 5 lakh litres per day capacity.

He said plans were afoot to come up with a bakery division at the proposed facility in the second phase where products such as breads, biscuits, traditional sweets and baked snacks would be manufactured.

The proposed Amul facility is also expected to provide a boost to Telangana’s local dairy industry as well as ancillary industries as Amul will procure the required milk and other raw materials from farmers as well as the various cooperatives and FPOs operating in the state.

Sabar Dairy managing director Babubhai M Patel said Amul decided to set up their plant in Telangana after seeing the state’s industry-friendly policies and vibrant investment ecosystem. “We will soon deliver ‘Made in Telangana’ milk products,” he said while signing an MoU with the Telangana government in the presence of Telangana industries minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday.

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