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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 15:00 IST

Gujarat's dairy sector thrives as 36 lakh farmers receive Rs 200 crore daily from GCMMF

CM Bhupendra Patel emphasised state's achievements in the dairy sector, attributing success to a blend of natural farming practices and cutting-edge tech.

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Gujarat dairy sector | Image:Unsplash
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Gujarat's flourishing dairy sector is making substantial strides as 36 lakh milk producers collectively receive a daily payout of Rs 200 crore from the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), contributing to the state's prosperity. The dairy industry in Gujarat has surpassed Rs 1 lakh crore, showcasing the state's commitment to the growth of agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel emphasised the state's achievements in these sectors, attributing the success to a blend of natural farming practices and cutting-edge technology. Speaking at a recent function, he stated, "The upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2024 will showcase the state's exponential growth in agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry, thanks to a combination of natural farming practices and cutting-edge technology."

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Gujarat's circular economy is thriving, bolstered by advancements in agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry. The state's dairy industry, driven by the globally recognised Amul brand under GCMMF, has achieved an outstanding milestone with a daily payment of Rs 200 crore to 36 lakh milk producers.

RS Sodhi, President of the Indian Dairy Association and former Managing Director of GCMMF, highlighted the remarkable growth of Gujarat's dairy sector. He noted that Amul's organised dairy procurement has surged from 30 lakh litres to 270 lakh litres in 27 years, indicating a nine-fold increase. "Nearly, Rs 160 crore is getting added to Gujarat's rural economy for dairy farmers," Sodhi emphasised.

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Dairy farmers credit the Vibrant Gujarat summit, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for playing a pivotal role in enhancing the sector's prosperity. Sobhraj Rabari, a milk producer from Anand district, expressed gratitude for the summit's impact on his dairy business, which has grown from two cows to 35. He highlighted the good prices for milk and the government's support.

Jayesh Patel, another dairy farmer from Anand's Borsad taluka, shared his success story of adopting a scientific approach, advanced education, and business acumen. Leveraging natural farming methods using cow dung and urine as fertilisers and pesticides, Patel emphasised the importance of the Vibrant Gujarat summit in providing benefits to individuals like him.

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As Gujarat prepares for the upcoming Vibrant Summit 2024, the state's dairy sector remains a beacon of success, reflecting the synergy between traditional practices and modern technology in fostering growth and prosperity.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 15:00 IST

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