VARANASI (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that strengthening India’s dairy sector is one of the top priorities of the government and lauded the people of Uttar Pradesh for making it the largest milk-producing state in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of ‘Banas Dairy Sankul’ at the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority Food Park, Karkhiyaon, Varanasi. Spread across 30 acres of land, the Dairy will be built at a cost of about Rs 475 crores and will have a facility for processing 5 lakh litre of milk per day. The Prime Minister also digitally transferred about Rs 35 crore bonus to the bank accounts of more than 1.7 lakh milk producers associated with Banas Dairy. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Biogas based Electricity generation plant for the Milk Producers Cooperative Union Plant, Ramnagar, Varanasi. The Prime Minister launched a Portal and Logo dedicated to the Conformity Assessment Scheme of milk products, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the help of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
In another effort to reduce the land ownership issues at grassroot level, the Prime Minister virtually distributed the rural residential rights record ‘Gharauni’ under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to over 20 Lakh residents of Uttar Pradesh.
The programme also witnessed the Prime Minister inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of developmental projects worth over Rs 1500 crores in Varanasi. This will further strengthen the ongoing 360 degree transformation of Varanasi.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey were among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister paid tribute to former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh on his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as Kisan Diwas.
The Prime Minister underlined the importance of livestock. He said, “Talking about cows can be a crime for some people, cows are revered as mothers by us. People who make fun of cow-buffalo forget that the livelihood of 8 crore families of the country is run by such livestock.”
He added, “Strengthening India’s dairy sector is one of the top priorities of our government.” In this series, the foundation stone of Banas Kashi Sankul has been laid here today.”
He also talked about the nationwide immunisation programme for foot and mouth disease among cattle.
“The milk production in the country has increased by about 45 per cent as compared to 6-7 years ago. Today India produces about 22 per cent of the world’s milk. I am happy that today Uttar Pradesh is not only the largest milk producing state in the country, it is also significantly ahead in the expansion of the dairy sector,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister expressed his firm belief in the role of the dairy sector, animal husbandry and the new push in a white revolution in transforming the lives of farmers. Firstly, he said, animal husbandry can become a huge source of additional income for the small farmers of the country, whose number is more than 100 million. Secondly, India’s dairy products have a huge market abroad, in which there is a lot of potential to grow. Thirdly, said the Prime Minister, animal husbandry is a great way for the economic upliftment of women, to further their entrepreneurship. The fourth is that livestock is also a big basis for biogas, organic farming and natural farming.
The Prime Minister’s office further informed that the Bureau of Indian Standards has issued a unified system for the country. An integrated logo featuring Kamdhenu cows has also been launched for certification. If this proof, this logo is visible, then the identification of purity will be easy and the credibility of India’s milk products will also increase, the Prime Minister emphasised.
Continuing with his emphasis on natural farming, the Prime Minister said that with the passage of time, the scope of natural farming was reduced and chemical farming became dominant.
“For the rejuvenation of mother earth, to protect our soil, to secure the future of the coming generations, we must once again turn to natural farming. This is the need of the hour today”, he said. The Prime Minister appealed to the farmers to adopt natural farming and organic crops. He said that this will go a long way in making our agriculture AtmaNirbhar.
The Prime Minister virtually distributed the rural residential rights record ‘Gharauni’ under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to over 20 Lakh residents of Uttar Pradesh. He said this will open new vistas of development and dignity for the rural poor and will make them part of the development growth story. (ANI)