Agartala, Dec 6 (PTI) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday sought help from Amul India Ltd for developing dairy industry in the state.

A delegation of Amul India, headed by senior dairy expert S T Deshai called on Deb at his office and discussed the prospects of developing the dairy industry and milk-based economy in the state, a press statement said.

The chief minister hoped that help from Amul will help in solving unemployment to some extent besides fulfilling the state’s demand for milk, it said.

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) is the largest food company marketing milk and milk products under the brand name of Amul.

Deb also said his government wants to share experiences in running dairy industry with Amul which has a vast experience in the sector.

The CM sought help from Amul to implement his plan of distributing 10,000 cows to farmers in rural Tripura.

The state government had last month that it would launch a scheme for distributing 10,000 cows among 5,000 farmers to combat malnutrition and generate employment in the state.

Kamal Krishna Majumder, Director of Animal Resources Development Department, said that Tripura produced 1,74,260 metric tonnes of milk in 2017.

In April this year, a government notice said that steps would be taken for augmenting milk production at Gomati Milk Cooperative Limited.

Deb said, If Tripura become self-reliant in milk production then there will be no need for importing milk from other states and the money of our state will not go outside. I sought Amul India Limited to help in this sector.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.