Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that India’s milk production expanded tenfold since independence and it now has the highest milk processing capacity worldwide. Beginning his two-day visit to Gujarat, Shah attended the 49th dairy industry convention in Gandhinagar where he talked about the contributions of the dairy sector to the Indian economy, as per the news agency ANI.
While addressing the gathering, he said, “From 1970 to 2022 India’s population has increased 4-fold and our milk production has increased 10 times due to our dairy sector. Our milk processing capacity is around 126 million litres per day, which is the highest in the world.”
He emphasised that the dairy industry has significantly contributed to the country’s development and in fact, the role played by corporative dairy for farmers is remarkable. “The corporative dairy has helped poor farmers and women to become Atmanirbhar,” ANI quoted him as saying.
According to the Union Home Minister, the dairy sector contributes more than 10 lakh crores to the Indian economy and more than 45 crore people are a part of this sector.
During the day, he will attend a meeting of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) at Circuit House in Gandhinagar. Later, he is expected to launch a Free food campaign at Civil Hospital in Gandhinagar in the afternoon and then inaugurate Nardipur Pond to lay the foundation stone. He will also be inaugurating various other development works of Vasan pond and Kalol virtually after which he will be at the MS University Convocation Grounds in Vadodara to attend the Maharaja Sayajirao University convocation.
On the second day of his two-day trip, Shah will lay the foundation stone of Junagadh district bank headquarters and inaugurate APMC Kisan Bhawan in the agriculture camp at APMC Dolatpara in Junagadh. Then as per schedule, he will offer prayers at Somnath temple and then inaugurate more development projects virtually.
Shah’s two-day visit to Gujarat will conclude after he attends the Gujarat Central University Convocation Ceremony.