Indian dairy giant Amul to sell camel milk across Gujarat by December

Nearly two years after Amul Dairy announced its plan to sell camel milk across cities in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the dairy major is finally launching it in the state capital Ahmedabad by this year-end, The Indian Express reports.

The trial run is expected during Diwali early next month followed by the inauguration by December. The camel milk will be available in 500 ml pet bottles similar to the ones used for flavoured Amul milk. It may be provided in plastic pouches too.

The news comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about how camel milk can provide supplementary income to camel-breeders in Kutch district during his visit to Amul Dairy’s plant, above, in Anand on Sept 30.

According to Amul’s plans, a camel milk-processing unit with a capacity to process about 20,000 litres of milk daily will be set up by December near Bhuj in Kutch. Amul will then start collecting milk from camel breeders and marketing it in Ahmedabad. Initially, 5,000-6,000 litres of camel milk will be collected per day.

The deodoriser and cream separator machines are expected to arrive at the plant by this month-end. The deodoriser will remove odours from camel milk and make it taste better. On an experimental basis, deodorisation process is being used for fresh milk.

Amul is planning to involve camel breeders in Banaskantha and Mehsana districts too.

The dairy giant is now making chocolates using camel milk which is sold at Rs 50-55 per litre in the state. Cow’s milk fetches only Rs 28-30 per litre.