Ikh Uul soum in Khuvsgul Province opened Mongolia’s first mobile factory for milk powder on June 24 through a campaign for meat and milk production, launched in January 2017 by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.
Within the scope of the campaign, MDM LLC initiated the Mongolian Milk Powder project to build mobile dairy factories in 60 soums of 19 provinces in Mongolia. The new factory opened in Ikh Uul soum is the first factory constructed through the project. The project executors predict that they will be able to create up to 2,000 new full-time jobs and increase income of over 20,000 herders through better milk supply chains.
According to MDM LLC, the factory is capable of drying 80 liters of milk in an hour and producing 1.5 tons of milk powder a day.
“There’s a need to utilize unused milk in soums, meet the national demand for milk and dairy products through domestic production, substitute dairy imports and boost exportation. Active participation of the private and public sectors and their cooperation is greatly significant to developing the dairy sector, which would help resolve the issue at hand,” said D.Sovd, a monitoring specialist at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.
“The ministry started collaboration with Mongol Dry Milk LLC to carry out the Mongolian Milk Powder project to meet domestic milk and dairy product demands using milk resources in soums and ultimately increase dairy exports.”
The project will be carried out through 2025, according to Director of Mongol Dry Milk LLC E.Erdenebileg, who says he is confident that the mobile factories to be built through the project will play a big role in the development of Mongolia.
“Drying milk will not only cut transportation cost of milk by tenfold but also provide the opportunity to store and supply milk to domestic dairy factories throughout the year,”said E.Erdenebileg.