Loss-making Goa Dairy earns profit of Rs 3.75 crore for the year 2020-21

Goemkarponn desk
PONDA: After facing losses for years, Goa Dairy, for teh first time, announced a profit of Rs 3.75 cr for the year 2020-21.
Addressing media on Thursday, Goa Dairy Administrator Durgesh Shirodkar said after a lot of hard work and plugging leakages and corrupt practices in Goa Dairy.
He said the three members administrative committee headed by him managed to bring loss-making Goa Dairy into 3.75 crore Profit (including profit of cattle feed plant) for the financial year April 2020 to March 2021.
He also mentioned that out of this, Rs.1.5 Crore has already been disbursed to farmers as price difference. Shirodkar said being the son of a farmer, he is proud of this achievement.
Shirodkar further said that the Goa Dairy Cattelfeed plant had always faced losses, but during his tenure for the first time in the history of Goa Dairy since last year, it has earned a profit of Rs 2 crore among the total profit earned for the year.
He alleged that he didn’t get proper cooperation from the MD of Goa Dairy.
Adding more details to the issue, Shirodkar revealed that in the past several government officials were appointed as an administrator on Goa Dairy, but no one could bring it into profit but incurred losses. The average loss was Rs 5 to 6 crore in the earlier year.
He said from his experience he feels that only farmers of Goa Dairy could well run the affairs of Goa Dairy. While earning a profit of Rs 3.75 crore, he never increased milk rates or cattle feed prices while providing Rs 80 paise to farmers on their milk supply.
He, however, said that the Government appointed Managing Director (MD) is not properly cooperating, and he also filed complaints against MD with RCS, but there has been no response from RCS.
Shirodkar said going against the decision of the Administrative Committee, the MD made the payment of Rs 25 lakh to Bhakti Extraction towards rejected material supplied by it.
He said the Goa Dairy Milk sale, which was around an average of 52,000 litres per day in previous years, also increased to an average of around 61000 litres today.
He said he introduced CCTV systems all over the plant after taking charge as Administrator.
The Annual General Body (AGM) of Goa Dairy, scheduled for 31 December, could not be held.
The reason behind it was that the MD did not submit documents related to AGM on time and an account statement essential for calling AGM.
The farmers were confused as AGM was not held, so he(Shirodkar) called a press briefing to inform them about Goa Dairy Financial Status.
The AGM will be held now in the coming days.

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