Prime Minister of Gujarat: India’s largest milk producer, turnover higher than that of wheat and rice | India News
According to the FAO, India is the world’s largest producer of milk, with 22% of world production, followed by the United States, China, Pakistan and Brazil.
The Prime Minister was speaking after the inauguration of a new dairy complex and potato processing plant of Banaskantha District Milk Producers Union Ltd popularly known as Banas Dairy. He said the cooperative dairy empowers small farmers, especially women, and strengthens the village economy.
“When the livelihood of crores of farmers depends on milk, India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore per annum… It is an example of a decentralized economic system,” a- he declared.
“Against this, even the turnover of wheat and rice is not Rs 8.5 lakh crore. Small and marginal farmers are the biggest beneficiaries of the dairy sector,” the prime minister said.
In Jamnagar, the Prime Minister, speaking after the inauguration ceremony of the WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM), called on the WHO to establish global standards for testing and certification of traditional medicines, which will help increase the confidence of people around the world in the ancient wisdoms of holistic healing. He said the Center should aim to raise funds for research on traditional medicines. “Many people in foreign countries find traditional Indian medicines effective, but due to lack of international standards (testing and certification), their trade is limited and their availability is less. Many other countries also face a problem. similar,” Modi said.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the DG of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu and the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, who specially traveled to Jamnagar for the event during their first visit to Gujarat.
Taking a dig at Congress, Modi said a former prime minister used to say that only 15 paise on a rupee reached beneficiaries after leaving Delhi. However, he said, he ensures that the full 100 paise reaches the beneficiaries and is deposited in the farmers’ accounts.
“After going to Delhi, I took on the responsibilities of small farmers across the country. And now Rs 2,000 is directly transferred to farmers’ bank accounts three times a year,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Banas Dairy is an example of how a cooperative movement can strengthen a village’s economy and empower women and in turn strengthen the campaign for “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. He praised the women of Banaskantha for the way they take care of their cattle with more affection than their children.
The Prime Minister also shared photos from his visit to the dairy complex, which included the inauguration of a potato processing plant. “This factory is value-added and a testament to the innovative zeal of Banaskantha people,” he tweeted.