Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, December 23, laid the foundation stone for Banas Dairy Sankul in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This decision is expected to strengthen the rural economy and increase the income of farmers in the region.
“Strengthening the Indian dairy sector is one of our government’s top priorities. In this series, the cornerstone of Banas Kashi Sankul was laid here today, ”Prime Minister Modi said in his speech.
Named after Prime Minister Modi’s home district, Banaskantha, Gujarat, Banas Dairy is Uttar Pradesh’s third milk processing unit based in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi. The other two factories are in Jaunpur and Lucknow.
The foundation stone for Banas Dairy was laid in the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority food park in the Karkhiyaon region of Varanasi.
This project is expected to benefit thousands of local farmers in the villages of the Purvanchal region, including Varanasi, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur. “When this modern factory is ready, it will benefit farmers in Shivpuri, Shivpur, Sevapuri, Rohania, Gazipur, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Balia, Azamgarh, Mau and other such districts,” Prime Minister Modi said. .
Spread over about 12 hectares of land, the construction of the dairy should cost around Rs 4,750 million. According to a government statement dated December 21, the Banas Dairy of Varanasi will have a processing plant of 500,000 liters of milk per day.
Besides milk, this factory will also produce ice cream, curds, buttermilk, paneer and cookies.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also digitally transferred a bonus of around Rs 350 million to the bank accounts of more than 175,000 milk producers (Rs 2,000 each) associated with the Banas dairy.
22 projects launched
Among the 22 projects launched today in Varanasi, PM laid the foundation stone of a biogas-based power plant for a factory of the Cooperative Union of Milk Producers in Varanasi Ramnagar. This should be a key step towards energy self-sufficiency for the plant.
In an effort to reduce land ownership issues at the local level, the Prime Minister also virtually distributed the rural residential rights dossier Gharauni, under the Swamitva program of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to more than 2.1 million inhabitants of Uttar Pradesh.
These projects “will further strengthen the ongoing 360-degree transformation of Varanasi,” said a statement dated December 23 from the prime minister’s office.
Today’s visit is one of many visits by the Prime Minister to his constituency of Lok Sabha, Varanasi, ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project during his last visit to Varanasi on December 13.