Ilam, Jan 22: Sale of cheese in Ilam has hit another high, seeing transaction worth Rs 180 million in the last fiscal year. Ilam alone has sold the cheese produced from cow’s milk in a big scale in the national and international market although the yak milk is a famous among the foreigners, shared Dik Bahadur Karki, a technician with the District Veterinary Office, Ilam. Chief Karki further informed that some 24 private and government cheese factories set up in the district have produced cheese of above amount processing 4,520,448 litres of milk last year.
Some 501,000 kilogrammes of cheese was produced last year, according to technician Karki. A kilogramme of cheese costs Rs 500 to 700.Places like Rakse, Naya Bazar and Pashupatinagar have the Dairy Development Corporation (government-owned) cheese factories whereas Sulubung, Laxmipur and Suryodaya municipality in the district too have cheese factories run by the locals.Govinda Khadka, a local in Pashupatinagar, also runs a factory. He said that that he has been selling cheese worth Rs 10 million on a yearly basis.Various places inside the country and the hoteliers abroad are buyers of the cheese, apart from the internal and external tourists. The demand for cheese is more abroad than in the country, explained Ganesh Puri, a local cheese entrepreneur at Nayabazar, Ilam.