Union Minister for Cooperation Amit Shah urged Amul management to lead an initiative on creating marketing infrastructure for organic agri products in the country. While inaugurating dairy projects of AmulFed dairy in Gandhinagar on Sunday, he said, “There is a need to fast-track the adoption of organic products. It also needs more investment. I urge the management of Amul Federation to develop infrastructure for organic testing, distribution and marketing.”
Shah inaugurated AmulFed dairy’s (a unit of Gujarat Cooperative Milk and Marketing Federation’s (GCMMF)) new milk powder factory, poly film manufacturing plant, new robotic storage facility, built collectively with an investment of Rs 415 crore in Gandhinagar. AmulFed Dairy has the enhanced milk handling capacity of 50 lakh litres per day, up from 35 LLPD. The milk powder plant has the capacity of 150 tonnes per day (TPD).
He suggested that once Amul management is ready with a scheme they can go to PM Modi and the government of India to seek support. India’s largest dariy coopertaive, Amul can expand its purview and rope in newer areas to replicate the success of cooperatives into other areas.
Shah stated that it was a sheer coincidence that Amul celebrates its 75th year in parallel with India’s 75 years of Independence. He said: After 25 years, we will be celebrating the centenary year for India’s Independence and Amul will also celebrate its 100 years. What will be Amul’s position then?
He suggested preparing a blueprint for the next 25 years and expanding the horizons for cooperation and for Amul in newer areas.
Shah, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Chairman of GCMMF – Shamalbhai Patel and other cooperative leaders, inaugurated a new Amul butter plant, which tripled AmulFed Dairy’s butter manufacturing capacity from 40 TPD to 120 TPD.