Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah:-
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel :-
Gandhinagar, Saturday: The 49th Dairy Industry Conference organized by the Indian Dairy Association at Gandhinagar in the presence of the Union Home and Cooperation Minister and popular MP of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency Shri Amit Shah.
This three-day dairy conference has been organized under the initiative of Indian Dairy Association and more than 2700 dairy industrialists-associations from states across the country are participating in this conference.
On this occasion the individuals who have done excellent work in the field of dairy industry-animal husbandry and milk acquisition were honoured with 10 awards by Union Minister Shri Amit Shah in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel.
Shri Amit Shah said, For the world, dairy is an intensive trade but for India, the dairy industry is the foundation for multi-purpose dimensions like rural economy, employment and women empowerment.
Since India got independence the dairy industry has contributed significantly to the development of the country. Being the Cooperation Minister he felt proud of the fact that the contribution of cooperative dairies has been immense towards agriculture and farmers’ prosperity.
He said that Cooperative dairies have worked to make the poor women of the country self-reliant and financially stable. Shri Amit Shah expressed his pride and gratitude for Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for establishing Ministry of Cooperation for the first time after Independence and entrusting him with the responsibility of this Ministry with the aim of achieving the goal mantra of “Sahakar Se Samriddhi”.
Union Minister Shri Shah further said, IDA has contributed a lot in the development that has taken place in the dairy sector. An attempt to make India’s dairy sector the robust dairy sector in the world has taken place in this summit. Dairy and animal husbandry sector contributes 4.5 percent to the country’s GDP while dairy sector contributes 24 percent to the agricultural GDP. India alone has the highest contribution of dairy sector to agriculture sector in the whole world.
Dairy industry is part of India’s strong economy. Approximately 9 crore rural families are involved in dairy business. He further added saying that the dairy sector has grown at an annual growth rate of 6.6 percent over the past decade.
India has the highest production of the milk in the world. 22 percent of milk production in India is processed. He expressed the view that more the milk is processed and goes to the world market, the more income of the farmers will increase.
Shri Shah added that Milk production has increased from 6 crore liters per day to 58 crore liters per day which is the progress of the dairy sector. Stating that the BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will leave no stone unturned for the development of the dairy sector, the Union Minister added that, The government led by the Prime Minister is committed to the 360 degree development of the dairy sector.
He recalled Operation Flood and White Revolution for the progress made in the dairy industry and said that India would never have become self-reliant in milk because of them.
Talking about the success of Amul, Shri Amit Shah said, Amul’s turnover of 20-21 is 53 thousand crores. 36 lakh farmer families are associated with Amul. India’s share in milk production has risen to 21 percent, with the contribution of many brands including Amul, Mother Dairy, Vijay, Parag, Nandini. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has resolved to make the country self-reliant in all sectors, Today the dairy sector is also becoming self-reliant in every aspect of milk processing. He urged India to move forward in the direction of becoming the world’s largest milk producer as well as a leader in the production of milk processing equipment.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel clearly expressed that the real strength of the dairy sector are the small farmers and animal husbandry. The centrepiece of rural life is agriculture, animal husbandry and milk production.
He further added saying that the dairy industry is the main tool associated with the livelihood of millions of people along with boosting the rural economy.
Giving the role of cooperation, the Chief Minister has paved the way for prosperity in the dairy industry sector and said that, The sector is distinguished by production by mass instead of mass production. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel while explaining the important contribution of rural women and cattle breeders in the dairy industry said that, About 4500 milk societies are run by women in the state.
Gujarat accounts for 30 percent of the country’s total milk procurement and approximately Rs 150 crore is paid to milk producers per day. He added.
The Chief Minister also said that dairy-milk industry has become a means of green growth and sustainable development as a result of cleanliness in rural areas, chemical-free natural farming, clean energy, dung gas and organic fertilizers based on cow dung.
Shri Bhupendra Patel expressed confidence that this conference organized in Gujarat of dairy industry related to milk which is like nectar for nutrition and health of human life will become a trend setter of innovations and solutions in dairy industry in this Amrit Kaal.
Minister of State Government Shri Jagdish Vishwakarma, President of Indian Dairy Association Dr. R. S. Sodhi, Chairman of NDDB Shri Meenesh Shah including leaders of cooperative and agriculture sector, President of International Dairy Federation and people associated with dairy industry across the country were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat