The cooperative sector should try to increase India’s milk production by exploiting potential states: Amit Shah
Union Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that the dairy cooperative sector should take steps to increase the country’s milk production by exploring opportunities in states with untapped potential.
Calling the cooperative dairy sector Gujarat’s secret to prosperity, he said there was a need to replicate this model across the country. Shah urged the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI) to explore the possibility of increasing milk production in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar and to make India more competitive in the export of dairy products by increasing production and reducing prices.
The Union Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation was addressing the Golden Jubilee Ceremony of the Anand-based NCDFI – the apex organization of the cooperative dairy sector – in the state capital, Gandhinagar. “There are still many areas with good availability of water and fertile land, which do not contribute much to the country’s total milk production. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar – there are still plenty of opportunities to tap into. ,” he said. The NCDFI should explore the possibilities with the help of the governments of these states. After increasing milk production by unlocking the possibilities in untapped states, the federation should also consider increasing milk exports and dairy products at competitive rates, he said.
“We need to reduce milk production costs and increase exports of milk and dairy products,” Shah said. At the same time, the NCDFI should work to help dairy farmers increase their income by helping them develop alternative sources through honey production and natural farming, he added. Shah said the dairy cooperative sector, founded by Tribhuvandas Patel (the founder of the Amul cooperative movement) and promoted by Dr. Verghese Kurien, is the secret to Gujarat’s prosperity. “I want this replicated in every state,” he said.
He reiterated the need to promote natural farming so that India becomes capable of meeting the needs of the global demand for organic farming and rejuvenating its economy.
He said his ministry was working on the “Rashtriya Sahakari Data Bank,” under which all cooperatives in the country will be streamlined. Shah inaugurated the headquarters of Gujarat State Co-operative Marketing Federation Ltd. (GUJCOMASOL), the apex cooperative marketing federation engaged in agricultural input trade, in the state capital, Gandhinagar. He also inaugurated the “model cooperative village” scheme of NABARD and GSC Bank, in his constituency of Lok Sabha in Gandhinagar.
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