Let’s presume for a moment that you aren’t someone who thinks a great deal about dairy farming. Like me, for example. You (or I) may think you have this idea about what it means to milk a cow.

Verghese Kurien, who passed away recently, will be best known for building Amul into one of India's most valuable brands which is an organisation of nearly three million smallholder dairy producers and a Rs 12,000 crore farmer-owned business. He will also be remembered for creating the National Dairy Development Board which replicated Amul's complex institutional modelacross India.

Vadodara: The Amul model of co-operatives will travel from the land of Modi to Mamta’s bastion. The Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL), popularly known as Amul Dairy, is setting up a dairy plant in Kolkata with an investment of over Rs 100 crore.

Interestingly, in 2008 when Gujarat’s dairy union controlled by Congressmen had started the experiment to replicate the Amul model of co-operatives in West Bengal (WB) by collecting milk locally, there were apprehensions about the success of White Revolution in WB, which was then the red bastion.

Dr Verghese Kurien, the father of the “White Revolution”, died today after a brief illness. Kurien, 90, is survived by his wife and daughter.

Aimed at achieving 15 per cent growth in milk production in the district, the Department of Animal Husbandry has formulated a `71 lakh initiative for setting up dairy farms and milk shed development projects.

A Rs 27.03 lakh project has also been formulated to promote fodder crop cultivation, said Dairy Development Board deputy director V Unni. Financial assistance will be provided to those who are ready to set up farm units

Witnessing a stagnation in agriculture, Punjab has decided to focus on the dairy industry.

Phidde village in Ferozepur district is witnessing a small revolution of sorts in the field of dairy farming.

After tasting success in Punjab, the Progressive Dairy Farmer—an association of farmers with about 6,000 members—is planning to promote commercial dairy farming in other states. Taking a step forward in this direction, the association has formed the All India Progressive Dairy Farmers Association and has plans to provide dairy farmers technical know-how in setting up commercial dairy and other relevant information.

It is worth noting that with 6,000 odd commercial dairy farms, Punjab is fast emerging as a model for other states. Speaking to Business Standard, Dr Jaswinder Singh Bhatti, technical coordinator, Progressive Dairy Farmers Association, said, “ Progressive dairy farming in Punjab is a huge success and a role model for other states.

Raise procurement price by Aug 8, they warn

That mother’s milk is best for newborns holds true not only for human beings, but also for animals.

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