Operation of pasteurised plants in Aunglan, Pakokku in the pipeline

Teachers treat students with milk and dairy products at a school.  Photo: Zeyatu (Magway)
Teachers treat students with milk and dairy products at a school. 
Photo: Zeyatu (Magway)

Pasteurised plants in Aunglan and Pakokku townships, Magway Region, are in the pipeline and they are expected to be operated after receiving electricity supply, according to the region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.
Under the School Milk Programme, pasteurised plants have been established in four townships in the region, including Minbu, Magway, Aunglan and Pakokku townships.
With the support of Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, authorities have already distributed pasteurisation machines to the project
areas.
The key objective of the School Milk Programme is to benefit primary school children by helping them improve the consumption of nutrient-rich drink at critical growth ages.
As a complete food product, milk contains vital nutrients required for children’s growth and the development of their brain cells.
For the time being, pasteurised plants in Magway and Minbu townships are in operation. However, it is required to install pasteurisation machines in the plants in the remaining townships.
The plant in Aunglan is currently in need of power meter installation, while the plant in Pakokku requires power supply.
Dr Maung Maung Soe, head of Magway Region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said that the department spent its Ks50 million budgets on establishing necessary buildings for the project in Aunglan and Pakokku.
In addition, the department bought 30 cows amounting to Ks30 million and a group of farmers are keeping them in Paikthin Village in Minbu Town with a low interest rate. Income of the farm also goes to the project, he added.
He went on to say that the programme is being implemented in the region through private-public partnership approach.
For example, a private businessman in Minbu has hired pasteurisation machines from the department. In turn, he has to give 200 packets of milk drink per week to the department.
Therefore, the department can feed 800 school children a month.—Zeyatu (Magway)

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