India has potential to be in top three in dairy sector by ’22, says PM

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New Delhi, October 05, 2018: Prime minister Narendra Modi has said that the Indian dairy sector, led by companies like Amul, has a great chance to become one of the top three performing nations in the world.

Speaking on the occasion of the commissioning of a processing plant at the Amul facility in Anand, Gujarat, he said that Amul has been able to create a brand for itself in over 40 countries worldwide.

“And while we are tenth in the world in terms of milk processing and value addition currently, companies like Amul can lead the country becoming one of the top three countries in the world in the dairy sector,” Modi said.

“I have no doubt about the capabilities of the country getting into the top three in the world by 2022, when India will complete its 75thyear of Independence,” he added.

He said that India now is jostling with the problem of plenty. He said, “There was a time when there was scarcity of farm produce. We came out of that phase, and now there is no scarcity in farm produce. Now, there is a challenge of higher produce,” he said, adding that that sometimes led to market crashes and farmers also incurred losses.

The prime minister stated that value addition through food processing was now greatly required according to fnbnews.com.

“The dairy sector is a leading processing sector in the country, paving the way for others to follow. If new innovation and value addition in milk and dairy industry was not done, the farmer and industry wouldn’t have survived. But continuous value addition and innovation in the dairy sector through processing has made this industry stand out,” Modi added.

He stated that similarly, value addition and processing in other farm produce is also needed. Every farm produce has tremendous potential.

“And like processing and value addition in milk, we have to look into value addition in other farm produce, and for this purpose, the Pradhan Mantra Krishi Sampada Yojna has been made operational for increasing the processing and value addition, thereby giving much-needed impetus to the agriculture,” Modi said.

Meanwhile, established in 1946, Amul Dairy Anand produces 30 lakh kg of milk per day and achieved a sales turnover of Rs 6,272 crore during 2017-18. Amul Dairy has disbursed around Rs 4,235 crore during financial year 2017-18 to milk producer members of three districts.

Amul, in a statement, has said that the company had been manufacturing chocolates since 1974 acording to fnbnews.com.

In order to strengthen the position in the chocolates market, Amul Dairy has set up a new state-of-the-art plant for manufacturing premium chocolates.

The production capacity of plant has been increased from 200 million tonne per month to over 1,000 million tonne per month.

Amul is also manufacturing various single country-origin chocolates with cocoa sourced from countries like Peru, Tanzania, Venezuela, Ivory Cost, Columbia, Madagascar and Ecuador, and processed and packed at the new plant in Mogar.

Further, Amul Dairy is collaborating with the Government of Gujarat to manufacture and supply ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to treat the severely-malnourished children of the state.

The developed RUTF products is supplied in Gujarat and started exporting the same through UNICEF, which shows commitment to the Make in India initiative of the Government of India. The production capacity will increase from 180MT per month to 600MT per month.

Apart from this, Amul Dairy and the Government of Gujarat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to manufacture and supply take home rations (THR) to meet and improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls, etc. The capacity of this new plant is 6,000MT per month.

The total outlay of these three projects at Mogar, Anand was approximately Rs 300 crore.

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