Present Pranb Mukherjee today opened India’s biggest modern feed plant at Kapdivav village near Kapadvanji in central Gujarat.
The plant is spread ver 24 acre of land with built-up area of 50,000 square meter. It has capacity to produce 2,000 tonne feed per day to serve 300 million cattle nationwide.
“With the starting of this modern plant today, AMUL would revolutionize cattle feed manufacturing to address the nutritional requirements of the cattle population,” the President said.
AMUL has now plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab and even America. AMUL Chairman Ramsinh Parmar said that the plant has capacity to produce 1,000 tonne cattle feed per day which is expandable to 2,000 metric tonne. The plant has 40 – 50 thousand tonne storage capacity. Chief Minsiter Anandiben Patel said milk sector contributes 5 percent to state GDP. She said while nationwide population of cattle has been down by 3.33 percent, the same in Gujarat is up by 15.36 percent.
AMUL Dairy is now a group under the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation. This apex marketing body has 3.6 million dairy farmers in Gujarat with an average daily milk procurement of 16 million litres and annual turnover of over 22,000 crore rupees.
“The institutional structure called ‘AMUL Model’ or ‘Anand Pattern’ that emerged from the dairy cooperative movement created a billion rupees worth brand while embracing the poorest of poor farmers. Through logistics innovation, AMUL has ensured easy availability of high-quality, packaged milk and dairy products across the country.” Mukherjee said.
As the entire value-chain from milk production and processing to marketing is owned and controlled by dairy farmers or farmer-owned institutions, this model has ensured remunerative prices for the farmers and has insulated them from price fluctuations, he added.
Quoting Gandhiji, the President said that the spirit of cooperation espoused by the pioneering farmers of AMUL triggered a socio-economic revolution in rural India transforming an entire nation. The winning combination of the AMUL experiment has been the convergence of farmers’ wisdom, democratic set-up, professional management, and adoption of right technology. It is a model worth emulating, the followership of which could address problems in other areas faced by our farming community, he said.
Mukherjee said that AMUL is truly the pride of India. The onus is on the current generation of farmer-leaders, professionals and other stakeholders to expand the AMUL movement in a way that benefits farmers across the board, he said.
The President urged all to ensure that this world-class institution continues to progress with the same passion and commitment, and with the same values of integrity, efficiency and honesty which the founding fathers had instilled in AMUL.