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Verka Milk Plant, Amritsar was the first Milk Plant established in the Northern region. The foundation stone of the plant was laid by the then Hon’l Chief Minister of Punjab, S. Partap Singh Kairon on 20th August, 1959. The plant was inaugurated by Dr A.M Thomas, then Deputy Minister of Food & Agriculture, Govt of India on 23rd March, 1963. The equipment of the plant was gifted by the United State of America, thus assisting and providing the Indian People with a more nutritious diet containing nature’s most perfect food.
In the beginning, the processing capacity of the plant was 60,000 LPD, with 5.0 MT per day drying capacity & 10,000 litres Liquid Milk Supply under the control of Punjab Government. This was the first Composite Milk Plant in Northern India and was established at the Verka Village on the outskirts of Amritsar city. Therefore the brand name of all the products was named as ‘VERKA’ which is internationally famous brand name for Milk Products.
In 1966, its control was transferred to the Punjab Dairy Development Corporation Limited and then further transferred to Milkfed Punjab under Cooperative Sector in 1983. The Amritsar District Coop. Milk Producers’ Union Limited was established and registered on 28.2.1979 and started functioning on 01.07.1988. The product range includes Pouch Milk, Ghee, Skimmed Milk Powder, Curd, Sweetened Flavoured Milk (PIO), Paneer, Milk cake, Panjiri, Lassi & Kheer, etc.
Keeping in view the milk production in the milkshed area of Amritsar, the processing capacity of the plant was expanded to 1.5 Lac (LPD) in 1998 and drying capacity 10.0 MT/day to facilitate the producers and cope up with quality standard. The milkshed area of this union has been covered with six established milk chilling centres namely MCC Mehta, Patti, Lopoke, Bhathal Sehja Singh, Khadoor Sahib, Fatehgarh Churian & four in the hired locations namely Bhikhiwind, Ajnala, Tahli Sahib and Kukrawala. In addition to this, Milk Union has also installed 51 BMCs and 79 AMCs at different MPCS. Now a days, 731 MPCS and 300 commercial dairy Farmers are pouring milk to this plant. Milk Union is providing A.I facilities to 452 milk producers cooperative societies through 125 cluster centres and 2 Single A.I centres. In addition to this, 29 cluster A.I centres have been established in the border area of District Tarntaran and Amritsar covering 227 villages of eight blocks.
The plant has also adopted Quality Management System requirements as per the international standard ISO-9001:2008 and Food Safety Management System as per IS 15000:1998 on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to ensure highest quality products with build in food safety to the consumers.
The plant is supplying Verka Milk and Fresh Milk Products to the following reputed Institutions in Amritsar and around, namely Central Jail No. 1,2, & 3, Pingalwara Amritsar, Police Line Asr, Central Chief Khalsa Diwan, Meri Peri Academy, Javahar Navodaya Vidyala Lapoke, B.H.E.L Goindwal, SSP Police Line Daburji and many army camps of BSF.