Every year 26th of November is being observed as National Milk Day (NMD) to mark the birth anniversary of the Father of the White Revolution in India, Dr.Verghese Kurien. To commemorate this beautiful moment the Management and the staff of Bosco Boys Home decided to take the boys to the Amul’s Virar Dairy for an educational cum exposure visit on 24th November, 2018.
Amul Dairy has setup a state of art dairy near Virar. It covers 11 acres of lush green land surrounded by the mountains and jungles of Virar. The Dairy is set up at a total cost of Rs. 180 crore, processing an installed capacity of 1 million litres milk per day with a provision to expand upto 2 million litres in the near future. The main work carried by this plant is to serve the consumers of Mumbai City and its suburbs with fresh milk and milk products. The purpose of this visit was to show to the boys the various new techniques used in the production and marketing of the milk used today and to make them aware of the importance of milk in ones daily diet. The resource person for the tour was Mr. Sandeep Shah a representative from the Amul’s Virar Dairy.
The full programme was divided into two parts: the first part consisted of animated games conducted by the staff of Amul at the premises of Bosco Boys Home and the second part involved an educational trip to the Virar Dairy of Amul. While explaining to the boys the production and working of the Diary plant Mr. Shah shared, “The Amul-Virar Dairy is very unique in its design and its concept. The 50,000 litres per hour integrated milk reception, processing and on-line pasteurization, standardization and homogenization facility is first of its kind in India. Traffic Management System is used for operations such as conveying of crates, robotic crate, filling of milk pouches from high-speed milk packing machines, each with 160 pouches per minute. There is also an on-line check weighers on milk packing lines which are controlled through a centralized computer monitoring system. The automatic pick and place system of milk pouch filling in crates used here is not only first in India but also in the world. The ice cream plant one of the largest in India is fully automated to process 2.0 lac liters ice cream per day with wide range of products.”
Mr. Dorando Camara the Warden for the boys said, “Educational visits are very important for every student as it provides as a clear picture of the product. The objective of this visit was to study and understand the production and operation of Amul Dairy. Amul was formed in the year 1946 and today it goes without saying that Amul is one of the leading food/dairy brands in India. Amul is the pride not only of Gujarat but also of entire country. It was a great opportunity for the students to visit one of the most renowned Dairy Industries in India and acquire knowledge about the production line.”
The boys also visited The Dairy Museum, which is located within the campus of Amul Dairy. The Museum has a Photo Gallery and Auditorium. The Photo Gallery gave them the glimpses of the genesis of Amul and its growth in a pictorial form. They were also shown a presentation explaining to them about the achievements of Amul and the workings of the pioneers who were behind the idea of Amul.
“It was a wonderful and interactive visit, where we understood the production processes, products and operation of one of the best examples of co- operative achievement in the developing economy. I am so proud to be part of this great family of Amul: The taste of India.” Sujal Kawada one of the boy shared.
At the end of the programme all children’s were served fresh ice-cream and lassi which they enjoyed it very much.