Jagitial: So far, people have seen ATM kiosks and using them to draw money. There are also machines to draw water by paying money. However, an ATM to supply milk has also come up at Metpalli town.
A youth Jakka Subash has established the milk vending kiosk named ‘Kama Dhenu’ in front of Vasavi temple near vegetable market to make available 24-hour milk supply to local people.
Unlike in the market, people can get the milk of their choice such as Rs 10, Rs 20, 30, 50 and Rs 100. If a Rs 10 note or coin is put in the ATM, scanners fixed in the machine will scan the currency and send a message to the operating system to drop a similar quantity of milk. One litre milk is being sold at Rs 60 at the kiosk.
The automated milk dispensing machine with 500-litre storage capacity was manufactured in Delhi by spending Rs 2.5 lakh. The software required to run the system was purchased from a Delhi-based software company for Rs 50,000. The machine can store the milk for 48 hours without spoiling as the chilling machine fitted inside always rotates the milk while the refrigerator always keeps the milk cool.
Subash, who was engaged in corn fodder manufacturing business for the last five years, got an idea with the closure of lot of small dairy units in and around Hyderabad as well as in jagitial district due to lack of sales following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the market for his corn fodder has also been affected. To overcome the problem and provide marketing facilities to dairies, he has started a milk ATM, Subash told Telangana Today.
Corn fodder is manufactured by procuring maize crop from farmers and supplied to dairies in Hyderabad, Banglore and Goa. During the recent months, he was unable to get the orders as numbers of dairies were closed. As a result, about 25 to 30 workers engaged in the fodder manufacturing units have also lost employment.
So, he has decided to extend support to a few dairies by procuring milk from them. Thus, he would also get orders from dairies. There was a huge response from the public. Per day, about 100 to 150 litres of milk have been sold through the ATM, he informed and added that he was planning to enhance it to 400 to 500 liters further. Informing that he had also ordered for five more milk ATMs, Subash said he was planning to establish the similar milk vending machines at different places across the district.
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