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’ble 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, Milk Powder, Dahi, Sweetened Flavoured Milk (PIO), Paneer, Milk cake, Panjiri, Plain sweet & spiced Lassi and Kheer, etc.
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 & two in the hired locations namely Ajnala and Tahli Sahib. In addition to this, Milk Union has also installed 82 BMCs and 227 AMCUs at different MPCS. Now a days, 628 MPCS and 261 commercial dairy Farmers are pouring milk to this plant. Milk Union is providing Artificial Insemination facilities to 376 milk producers’ cooperative societies through 78 cluster centres and 64 Single A.I centres.
Further, under rehabilitation plan which was started from April 2009, up gradation of milk processing was done and new machinery was added including fully automatic refrigeration unit, semi automatic CIP unit, Milk pasteurizer, Milk Silos, SFM filling machine, cold store etc. to facilitate efficient processing ,packing &safe storage of milk & milk products. To meet the giving demand of consumers and increase processing capacity in order to handle more milk available in the milk shed area. A new liquid milk processing plant has been established having capacity 2.5 LLPD expandable upto 5.0 LLPD. This is a fully automatic unit having state of art and energy efficient technology of milk processing and auto standardized unit has also been installed. Facility for packing of sweetened flavored milk in glass as well as PP Bottles has also been available.
The plant has also adopted Quality Management System requirements as per the international standard ISO-9001:2015 and Food Safety Management System as per IS 15000:2013 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 Tarn Taran, namely Shri Darbar Sahib and other Gurudwaras under SGPC, Indian Army, BSF & ITBP, Central Jail, Pingalwara Amritsar, Police Line Amritsar, Central Chief Khalsa Diwan, Meri Peri Academy, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, B.H.E.L Goindwal, and GNDU Hostels.
|Sr. No.||MILK HANDLING AND PRODUCT CAPACITIES – MILK UNION AMRITSAR|
|1||City Supply||100000 Litres per day|
|3||Lassi||50000 Litres per day|
|4||Paneer||1000 KGs per day|
|5||Kheer||500 KGs per day|
|7||Powder Plant||10 MT/day|
|8||Sweetened Flavoured Milk||25000 Bottles/day|
|9||Panjiri (CDPO)||5 MT/day|
|TOTAL MILK HANDLING CAPACITY||250000 Litres per day|
|1||Zone-1||S. Ajaib Singh||C/o MPCS Gagomahal,||9855493697|
|2||Zone-2||S. Ratan Singh||C/o MPCS Bhagupur Uttar,||9915299024|
|3||Zone-3||S. Narinder Singh||C/o MPCS Salimpura||9814900149|
|4||Zone-4||S. Joginder Singh||C/o MPCS Dudhala, P.O.Talwandi dasaunda Singh, Distt. Amritsar||9815582048|
|5||Zone-9||S. Yadwinder Singh||C/o MPCS RoureAssal,||9914721000|
|6||Zone-10||S. Harjit Singh||C/o MPCS Jagtpura, P.O|
|7||Zone-11||S. Palwinder Singh||C/o MPCS Jodh Singh Vala,||9465283526|
|8||Zone-13||S. Daljit Singh||VPO Mattewal,||7355097548|