The cooperative dairy model sets an example of the decentralized rural economy: PM at Banas Dairy

Prime Minister says animal husbandry benefits small-scale farmers the most amid climatic adversities

The cooperative dairy model has shown an example of successful decentralized rural economy and created wealth for the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday while launching several projects by Banas Dairy at Banaskantha in Gujarat.

Addressing a large gathering of female dairy farmers and cooperative leaders from across the state, Modi said India produces an unparalleled amount of milk every year.

“India is the largest milk producer in the world and produces around 8.5 lakh crore of milk per year, which is even higher than the value of wheat and paddy produced in the country. generated by the farmers in the villages. It shows an example of decentralized rural economy,” Modi said in his address.

Stating that the Banaskantha District Milk Producers Cooperative Union (Banas Dairy) has shown its prowess in areas other than milk production and dairy processing, Modi said the dairy has successfully ventured in areas such as potato processing, animal husbandry, manure management, honey production, energy centers and children’s education in addition to the establishment of a medical faculty in the neighborhood during the Covid-19 crisis.

“Dairy cooperatives benefit small farmers the most. Those who own smaller land of 2-3 bigha often face uncertain monsoon and water shortage situations. In such conditions, livestock allows a small farmer to survive and feed his family,” he added.

Notably, Banas Dairy – one of the 18 dairy cooperative members of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) – has also ventured outside of Gujarat and made inroads into states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana , Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

“Banas Dairy has extended its operations from the land of Lord Somnath in the west to the land of Lord Jagannath in the east,” Modi said.

On the second day of his three-day Gujarat tour, the Prime Minister dedicated the new Banas Dairy Dairy Complex and Potato Processing Plant at Diyodar in Banaskantha district to the nation.

The greenfield complex is being constructed at a cost of over ₹600 crore and will enable the processing of around 30 lakh liters of milk, in addition to manufacturing around 80 tonnes of butter, one lakh liters of ice cream, 20 tonnes of condensed milk ( Khoya) and 6 tons of chocolate per day.

Along with the dairy complex, the Prime Minister also inaugurated a bio-NGV plant and expanded the facilities of Banas Dairy to manufacture cheese products and whey powder in Palanpur.

Banaskantha being the hotbed of potato farming, provided a suitable proposal to the dairy to set up a potato processing factory to produce products like French fries, potato chips, aloo tikki, patties, etc., with the aim of exporting them to other countries.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated a community radio station dedicated to livestock – Dudh Vani linking more than five lakh dairy farmers in 1700 villages in the state. This makes it the first community radio station in the country dedicated to herders.

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April 19, 2022

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