LAHORE: Pakistan’s first automated dispenser unit is going to launch next month for the provision of pure and cheap milk, said Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board Chief Executive Officer Saira Iftikhar.
“The basic idea behind introducing this automated milk dispenser unit, built locally at a cost of around 0.6 million, is to encourage dairy farmers to sell milk through this vending machine,” Saira Iftikhar, chief executive officer at Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board (PLDDB), said talking to Agriculture Journalists Association (AJA).
Iftikhar said the current milk situation in the country was raising many questions, demanding public sector’s interventions to introduce new dairy businesses as pilot.
Elaborating details, Iftikhar said that around 2,000 litres of milk being produced from the Sahiwal cow breed at Khizerabad farm near Sargodha would be sold through the automated dispenser unit at one of Lahore’s markets in the Township area. It will be available at Rs75 per litre.
“Consumers can themselves see the milk being packaged after paying the amount,” she said, adding the milk comes from local-elite cow breed being reared at green pastures, while seasonal fodders along with corn silage and other healthy minerals without any impurity or harmful substance like aflatoxin are being fed to these animals.
“The milk is labeled the A2 type, which makes it more digestible, nourishing and healthier than other cows’ milk available in the market.” It contains 4% fats and 3.6% proteins and there are no additives included in this milk, she claimed.