Published on : Mar 23, 2015
Amul is ready to launch its first product – camel milk in Ahmedabad by end of 2015. Camel milk will also gain mass appeal as source of nutrient just like the cow or buffalo milk. Camel milk has high health benefits and a salty taste.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have not sanctioned permission for the camel milk, but Amul is hopeful to receive the same within another three months, added the managing director of Amul over telephone chat to FnB News.
He also added that GCMMF has plans to commercialize and process camel milk in small plastic bottles initially. Small bottles have low shelf-life. The state government has sanctioned around Rs 70-80 lakh for camel milk in Kutch and further adding that GCMMF was planning to process, pack and commercialize the milk later in the state.
Amul has yet to decide on the pricing factor as it totally depends on the demand and market supply.
The Kutch District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Ltd is going to be associated with the camel milk production at the plant. The chairman of the union said that the camel milk works out to be a boon to several camel breeders. Since there are many problems with the camel breeders as they have no way to channelize the milk procurement with reduction of the population of the camels, grant of this act will boost high growth. The present population of camel in Kutch is just 12,000-13,000.
Initially, Amul plans to process 2,000-3,000 litre per day with a gradual increase to 10,000-12,000 litre per day. This will be strictly based on demand. This progression is expected to make path to produce value-added camel milk products. The range will include flavored milk, lassi, and kulfi.
The start price is expected to be anywhere between Rs 100-150 per litre.
Camel milk weighs 25-30 per cent less in comparison to cow or buffalo milk.
Camel milk helps to manage chronic diseases such as arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, and autism in children